Natália Pires Martins is a Brazilian engineer born in 1994. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering (2016) from Universidade Federal da Paraiba, Brazil, and a Master’s Degree in Materials Science and Engineering (2019) from the same institution. As an undergraduate, Natália spent one exchange year at the University of Leeds, UK (2014-2015) thanks to the Science Without Borders Scholarship. In both institutions, she developed research activities on supplementary cementitious materials addressing microstructure and mechanical properties of slag mortars. Between 2012 and 2016, she joined tutoring programs and internships in private and public companies in Paraiba, Brazil.
While conducting her master’s thesis on the field of crystallography of hydrated cement phases, she worked for two NGOs that promote environmental education and implement sustainable engineering solutions in vulnerable communities in Brazil. As a consultant civil engineer for IECUUS, she worked on the design, planning and construction of a sustainable education center in Fortaleza, Brazil, by implementing earth construction techniques and eco-friendly sanitation systems. As a project manager and environmental educator for the Engineers without Borders, she promoted workshops on waste management in public schools in João Pessoa, Brazil.
In February 2019, Natália joined the Chair of Sustainable Construction at ETH Zürich as a PhD student involved in the ETN project SULTAN. Her work is supervised by Dr. Guillaume Habert and is focused on the development of a green cement based on sulfidic mining tailings. Along with two other ESRs, she intends to transform part of the waste generated in mining activities into a value-added material.
Cement is the most used building material in Earth. Its production and consumption are very well stablished across the countries. Can you think of a reason to change that? Find out in this ETN SULTAN Blog.