About Us

We are a science and technology-based company founded in 2021 thanks to the basal financing of the Chilean National Research and Development Agency (ANID) through the Valorisation of Research at the University program. The company is part of the Laboratory of Materials (LabMAT) of the Universidad del Bío-Bío, Chile. Its founding partners are B.Sc. Maria Jose Varela and Dr. Jose Norambuena-Contreras. Professor Norambuena-Contreras is a renowned Chilean scientist on advanced construction materials and has focused his last 10 years of research on more sustainable and resilient self-healing bituminous materials and their associated technologies, including external heating as well as encapsulated rejuvenator solutions for asphalt.

Services

Our services include engineering consulting for the design and development of new highway projects that include several technologies for asphalt self-healing: externally triggered heating using magnetic field technologies, such as electromagnetic induction heating and microwave radiation, and autonomic approach by means of encapsulated rejuvenating agents embedded inside the asphalt pavement.

Our services are classified in 3 different levels, as follows:

Basic level

Consulting service and/or engineering advice concerning the know-how for the construction of asphalt pavement with recovered metallic additives and/or the implementation feasibility of any self-healing technology to increase pavement service life over time.

Medium level

Consulting service and/or engineering advice to prepare a feasibility report and calculations to evaluate pavement construction with recovered metallic additives and/or implement the most suitable asphalt self-healing technology. This service includes on-site inspections, including images and drone video recording and meetings with the client.

Advanced level

Consulting service and/or engineering advice to carry out experimental tests and/or laboratory-scale demonstrators during the design phase for i) the pavement construction using recovered metallic additives and/or ii) the implementation of the most suitable asphalt self-healing technology. This level also includes the services offered in basic and medium levels and associations with partner companies to build the new asphalt pavement and/or the on-site implementation of the asphalt self-healing technology.

Team

Maria Jose Varela

Director

Maria Jose is Civil Engineer from the UBB-Chile and founding partner of PavHeal Solutions. Maria Jose is a former student of Professor Norambuena-Contreras and completed her bachelor thesis project on crack-healing of asphalt mixture modified with recycled metallic waste under his guidance. From December 2020 she works as an Assistant Researcher at the LabMAT, leading the Research Project FONDEF VIU20P0022 funded by the ANID through the program FONDEF-VIU. She has developed research in national and international collaboration with researchers from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (PUC) and the Swiss Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (EMPA) from the ETH Zürich in Switzerland.

Jose Norambuena Contreras

Technical Director

Professor Norambuena-Contreras is a founding partner of PavHeal Solutions with an outstanding background on self-healing asphalt technologies. He is Associate Professor in Civil Engineering Materials and Founding Director of the Laboratory of Materials (LabMAT) at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) of the Universidad del Bío-Bío, Chile. He graduated in 2013 with a PhD. in Civil Engineering (Cum Laude honours) from the Universidad de Cantabria in Spain. He developed his PhD thesis in experimental collaboration with the Swiss Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (EMPA) from the ETH Zürich in Switzerland. From 2017 to 2019, he was a Postdoctoral researcher on self-healing materials at the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom. He has performed high-level research in the field of Civil Engineering Materials (h-index 25). From 2010 to date, he has published over 60 Web of Science publications in peer-reviewed journals. He is co-editor of the book “Self- Healing Construction Materials” recently published by Springer Nature publishing. As well, he has been Principal Investigator (PI) or Co-Investigator (COI) on 18 Research Projects (mostly on self-healing materials) supported by several industries and National and International Funding Agencies.

Contact information 

Dept. Civil & Env. Engineering
Faculty of Engineering
Universidad del Bío-Bío
Concepción, Chile