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Can we develop new, more sustainable building materials based on past knowledge? Can we decode the empirical knowledge of the past, translate it into modern scientific knowledge, and use this to develop new construction materials that are more respectful of the environment?
Giovanni’s research interests are centered around the development of low- and zero-carbon construction materials inspired by the past, tailored to tomorrow’s construction industry.
Giovanni’s multidisciplinary background allows him to understand the needs of the modern construction industry and bring these inside the laboratories where the new materials are developed. His expertise in the field of material culture (developed at the Institute for the History of Material Culture of Genoa, Italy) allows him to learn from the empirical knowledge of the past, and use this to further our knowledge of the past societies and to develop innovative construction materials.
Giovanni is a leading expert in lime and is passionately interested in traditional construction materials.
Giovanni L. Pesce (Gianluca) is an Associate Professor at the Department of Mechanical and Construction Engineering, Northumbria University Newcastle.
Giovanni obtained his Master’s degree in Architecture (focussed on the conservation of historic buildings) in 1999 at the University of Genoa (Italy), with a thesis in building archaeology supervised by Prof. Tiziano Mannoni.
After graduation, he worked as a specialist in building pathology and building archaeology at the “Institute for the History of Material Culture” of Genoa and at Ipsilon p.s.c.r.l.
In 2006 he obtained a PhD in "Materials Engineering for the Science of Construction" (University of Genoa), with a thesis on the use of meta-kaolin as hydraulic additive in new lime-based construction materials.
From 2006 to 2010 he collaborated with the Department of Sciences for Architecture of the University of Genoa on a number of projects as a specialist in material characterization, building pathology and building archaeology.
In 2010 he moved to the UK where he studied the carbonation process in new lime-based construction materials. In 2014 he obtained a PhD in Civil Engineering from the University of Bath.
From 2013 to 2016 he worked at the University of Bath as a post-doctoral research associate on the EPSRC project: "Experimentally verified Atomistic modelling of lime in construction materials" (P.I. Dr. Richard J. Ball; C.I. Prof. Stephen Parker)
In 2016 he joined Northumbria University Newcastle as a Lecturer.
Giovanni is a member a various professional organizations such as the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IoM3), the Mineralogical Society of Great Britain and Ireland, the Architects Registration Board (ARB) and the Institute of Civil Engineering (ICE).
Civil Engineering, PhD
20 Oct 2010 → 25 Jun 2014
Award Date: 30 Jun 2014
Materials Engineering, PhD
5 Jan 2002 → 19 May 2006
Award Date: 19 May 2006
15 Sep 1990 → 20 Apr 1999
Award Date: 20 Apr 1999
University of Bath
Sep 2016 → 31 Aug 2019
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- 4 Finished
30/10/17 → 28/02/18
15/05/17 → 14/11/17
Research and evaluation of hot lime technology for the construction of a pinnacle at York Minster Cathedral
15/12/16 → 15/09/17
1/09/16 → 2/12/16
Pesce, C., Pesce, G., Molinari, M. & Richardson, A., 6 Jan 2022, Bio-Based Building Materials: Selected peer-reviewed full text papers from the 4th International Conference on Bio-Based Building Materials (ICBBM 2021). Amziane, S. & Sonebi, M. (eds.). Baech, Switzerland: Scientific.net, Vol. 1. p. 353-360 8 p. (Construction Technologies and Architecture; vol. 1).
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Conference contribution › peer-review
Does the final floor height of an existing domestic building influence the fatality risk with regards a fire. A study of the London Borough of LambethKirk, M. & Pesce, G., 30 Jun 2021, (Accepted/In press) p. 1-8. 8 p.
Research output: Contribution to conference › Paper › peer-review
Pesce, C., Pesce, G., Molinari, M. & Richardson, A., 1 Jan 2021, In: Cement and Concrete Research. 139, p. 1-13 13 p., 106254.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile7 Citations (Scopus)84 Downloads (Pure)
Pesce, C., Pesce, G. & Richardson, A., 22 Apr 2021, Young Researchers' Forum V: Innovation in Construction Materials. Klemm, A. J., Rostami, R. & Almeida, F. C. R. (eds.). Glasgow: Glasgow Caledonian University, p. 64-67 4 p.
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Conference contribution › peer-reviewOpen Access
Towards a Better Understanding of Hot-Mixed Mortars for the Conservation of Historic Buildings: The Role of Water Temperature and Steam During Lime SlakingPesce, C., Godina, M. C., Henry, A. & Pesce, G., Dec 2021, In: Heritage Science. 9, p. 1-18 18 p., 72.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile1 Citation (Scopus)3 Downloads (Pure)
- 2 Oral presentation
Archeometria e Geoarcheologia. Dalla caratterizzazione dei materiali alla loro datazione e provenienza
Giovanni Pesce (Speaker), Claudio Capelli (Speaker), Marco Del Soldato (Speaker) & Elisabetta Starnini (Speaker)17 Oct 2020
Activity: Talk or presentation › Oral presentation
Giovanni Pesce (Speaker) & Rita Vecchiattini (Speaker)14 Jul 2020
Activity: Talk or presentation › Oral presentation