July 20, 2022 – Professor Liberato Ferrara, a professor of structural analysis and design at the Polytechnic University of Milan in Italy is leading a project called ReSHEALience, which is out to develop ultra-high-durability concrete (UHDC). Such concrete is able to withstand extreme conditions and self-heal when used for construction in punishing settings like marine environments and geothermal energy plants. “These environments are among the most aggressive situations that you can have for concrete structures,” said Ferrara. The tailored recipes are what gives these concrete mixes their strength and durability, including components such as crystalline additives, alumina nanofibres and cellulose nanocrystals. Read about his work here.