Resilient infrastructure is essential to progress and sustainable development. It connects communities, and it supports their daily day activities.

We investigate the production of asphalt pavements from biomass. Waste materials that entail an environmental problem are turned into a solution to the lack of road infrastructure in developing countries. We incorporate social inquiry, and historical analysis into the research process, to advocate for social-driven innovations.

Our research combines multiscale modelling and simulations of complex biocrude oils and asphalt mixtures with the hydrothermal processing (HTP) of biomass waste. We design, model, simulate, and ultimately produce fit-for-purpose biocrude oils that can be applied as additives in asphalt pavements.

We collaborate with research groups in Chile, USA, and Nigeria, and we engage with the local communities in Nigeria and Sub-Saharan Africa.

RESEARCH PROJECTS

PAVING THE WAY TO ROADS FROM WASTE: DEVELOPING SUSTAINABLE BIOBASED PAVEMENTS IN SUBSAHARAN AFRICA

BIOASPHALT BY DESIGN: MOLECULAR MODELLING OF ASPHALT MATERIALS FROM BIOMASS

DESIGN OF SELF-HEALING INFRASTRUCTURE IN COLLABORATION WITH THE UNIVERSITY OF BIO BIO

COLLABORATORS

Adebayo Gboyega | Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Nigeria
Christine Ortiz | Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Station1, USA
Ellan Spero | Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Station1, USA
Ian Mabbett | Swansea University, UK
Jingjie Yeo | Cornell University, USA
Jose Norambuena | Universidad de Bio Bio, Chile

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