Dr Alastair Marsh
Alastair is a Research Fellow in the School of Civil Engineering with a focus on alkali-activated construction materials. He is a member of the MUSE (Multi-scale engineering of alkali-activated concretes for sustainable infrastructure) project team led by Dr Susan Bernal, using innovative processing and characterisation methods to develop a new generation of low impact cementitious binders.
Prior to joining the University of Leeds, Alastair undertook PhD research at the University of Bath in the Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering. His thesis investigated the alkali activation of clays and soils for use in construction, with a focus on housing in less econonically developed countries. As part of his PhD, he undertook a research placement at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. Before this, he worked in the Sustainability & Physics group of BuroHappold Engineering, undertaking BREEAM environmental building assessments and energy modelling. He undertook his undergraduate degree in Materials Science at the University of Oxford.
His research centres on:
- solid state characterisation of novel cementitious materials
- the use of clays, soils and other novel precursors in alkali activation
- the development of novel processing methods for precursors.
- PhD (Civil Engineering)
- MEng (Materials Science)
- Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3)
- Mineralogical Society of Great Britain and Ireland