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Dr. Sara Pavia

Associate Professor (Civil Struct & Env. Eng.)

 Development of alkali activated materials for sustainable construction.
 SUSKIDS "Enabling professionals and families to transfer sustainable knowledge and skills to down syndrome individuals".
 Potential of waste materials as pozzolans and their influence on the quality of building materials
 Virtual Historic Dublin City.
 Properties and durability of recycled-plastic composites made with acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene-ABS-, polycarbonate-PC-, ABS-PC alloy and polyoxymethylene -POM.

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Member of RILEM Technical Committee BBM: Bio-aggregate based building materials. Since 2010
Member of the European Committee for standarisation of limes (CEN, WG11, TG1)with responsability for the evaluation and validation of the physical testing methods and chemical analysis of limes. Since 2006
Materials Audits for the conservation of National Monuments, National Monuments, Irish Government. 1995-2001
Conservation advisor: Office of Public Works. 2001-Present
Language Skill Reading Skill Writing Skill Speaking
English Fluent Fluent Fluent
French Fluent Medium Basic
Spanish Fluent Fluent Fluent
G. Kaur and S. Pavia, Physical properties and microstructure of plastic aggregate mortars made with acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS), polycarbonate (PC), polyoxymethylene (POM) and ABS/PC blend waste, Journal of Building Engineering, 31, 2020, Notes: [], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  URL
Portland cement-lime mortars for conservation in, editor(s)Hughes, J., Válek, J., & Groot, C. J. W. P. , Historic Mortars: Advances in Research and Practical Conservation, Springer, 2019, pp129 - 142, [S. Pavía and O. Brennan ], Notes: [DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-91606-4], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
J. McGinn, S. Pavia, O. Kinnane , Application off Hemp-Lime Renders to Improve Insulation of Walls , ICBBM2019 - 3rd International Conference on Bio-Based Building Materials, Belfast UK, June, edited by RILEM , 2019, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text
M. Aly and S. Pavía, Limestone-filled, hydraulic-lime mortars for historic and traditional fabrics. , 5th Historic Mortars Conference, PRO 130. RILEM., Pamplona, June, edited by J I Alvarez, Univ. de Navarra , 2019, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text
O. Alelweet and S. Pavia , An evaluation of the feasibility of industrial wastes and natural materials, as precursors, for the production of alkali activated materials (AAMs), ICNMTA 2019: XIII Int. Conf. on Civil, Structural and Construction Engineering, Barcelona, Dec. 16-17, 2019, Notes: [Best paper award], Conference Paper, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text
J. Tinsley and S. Pavía , Thermal performance and fitness of glacial till for Rammed Earth construction, Journal of Building Engineering, 24, 2019, Notes: [], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  URL
G. Kaur and S. Pavía, Recycling plastic waste in cement composites for construction. Engineers Ireland Journal., Engineers Journal of Engineers Ireland, 2019, Notes: [], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text
A.Reilly, O.Kinnane, F.J.Lesage, G.McGranaghan, S.Pavía, R.Walker, R.O'Hegarty, A.J.Robinson. , The thermal diffusivity of hemplime, and a method of direct measurement. Construction and Building Materials, Construction and Building Materials, 212, 2019, p707 - 715, Notes: [], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  URL
S. Pavía and M. Aly, Sustainable, Hydraulic-Lime-Limestone Binders for Construction, Advances in Civil Engineering Materials, 8, (3), 2019, p235 - 254, Notes: [], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  URL
O. Alelweet and S. Pavia , An Evaluation of the Feasibility of Several Industrial Wastes and Natural Materials, as Precursors, for the Production of Alkali Activated Materials, World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology International Journal of Civil and Environmental Engineering , 13, (12), 2019, p741 - 748, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  URL

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Fellow of Trinity College 2013
Research Fellow, IER, Gobierno de La Rioja, Spain 1989
Sustainable construction. Alkali-activated materials. Hemp concretes. Earth materials. Pozzolanic, hydraulic, alkali and thermal activation of natural aluminosilicates and waste for sustainable binder production. Building limes and lime mortars. Pozzolans. Physical and chemical properties. Standarisation of testing methods and quality. Lime mortar technology: execution, interaction with masonry units and durability. Stone and ceramics. Ceramic technology: raw materials, industrial and traditional production methods, physical and chemical properties, durability and decay. Repair and conservation of historic masonry. Archaeometry.