Dr Alastair Marsh

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.

Research interests

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.
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  • PhD (Civil Engineering)
  • MEng (Materials Science)

Professional memberships

  • Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3)
  • Mineralogical Society of Great Britain and Ireland