Director

Dr. José Norambuena-Contreras

Assistant Professor in Civil Engineering Materials
Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
University of Bío-Bío, Chile
jnorambuena@ubiobio.cl

BSc. Construction Engineering, Catholic University of Maule, Chile
PhD. Civil Engineering, University of Cantabria, Spain
Post-Doc. Self-Healing Materials, University of Nottingham, UK

Short Biography

Dr. Norambuena-Contreras is an Assistant Professor in Civil Engineering Materials and Founding Director of the Laboratory of Materials (LabMAT) at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering of the University of Bío-Bío, Chile. He leads a research group that conducts research focused on innovative construction materials for Civil Engineering from a vision of waste valorisation as a source to build more sustainable and resilient infrastructure. Dr. Norambuena-Contreras’s research has been mainly focused on the self-healing bituminous materials based on biomass co-products and industrial wastes. His current research is focused on the development of biobased microcapsules for the self-healing of bituminous and cement-based materials from a multiscale experimental approach.

Current Researchers
Marcela Norambuena
Associate Researcher

mnorambuena3@santotomas.cl

Erik Alpízar-Reyes
Postdoctoral Researcher

ealpizar@ubiobio.cl

Maria Jose Varela
Assistant Researcher

mvarela@ubiobio.cl

Manuel Chávez
PhD. Student at UBB

manuel.chavez@unab.cl

Jose L. Concha
PhD. Student at UBB

jlconcha@ubiobio.cl

Irene González-Torre
Lab Manager & Assistant Researcher

irenegon@ubiobio.cl

Former Students
Victoria Valenzuela Bustos
Civil Engineering
Semester II – 2019
Maria J. Varela Arriagada
Civil Engineering
Semester II – 2019
Matías Fuentes Moraga
Civil Engineering
Semester II – 2019
Felipe Muñoz Aguayo
Civil Engineering
Semester II – 2019
Mhorrin Henriquez Osses
Civil Engineering
Semester I – 2019
Manuel Riffo Oñate
Civil Engineering
Semester II – 2016
Javiera Quilodrán Pino
Civil Engineering
Semester II – 2016
Ariel Cartes Muñoz
Civil Engineering
Semester II – 2016
Eric Aguilera Soto
Civil Engineering
Semester II – 2016
Mario Alvarado Mercado
Civil Engineering
Semester II – 2016
Camila Sanhueza Soto
Civil Engineering
Semester II – 2015
Esteban Silva Robles
Civil Engineering
Semester II – 2015
Maria J. San Martín Maldonado
Civil Engineering
Semester II – 2015
Jose Careaga Ortega
Civil Engineering
Semester I – 2015
Jose Concha Fuentealba
Civil Engineering
Semester I – 2015
Carolina López Riveros
Civil Engineering
Semester I – 2015
Guillermo Lagos Muñoz
Civil Engineering
Semester I – 2015
Vivian Gutiérrez Aguilar
Civil Engineering
Semester II – 2014
Collaborators
Federico Antico
Universidad Aldolfo Ibañez, Chile
Assistant Professor
Juan F. Vivanco
Universidad Adolfo Ibañez, Chile
Associate Professor
Rodrigo Delgadillo
Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María, Chile
Associate Professor
Cristina Segura
UDT – Universidad de Concepción, Chile
Senior Researcher
Luis Sañudo-Fontaneda
Universidad de Oviedo, Spain
Assistant Professor
Gerardo Araya-Letelier
Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Chile
Associate Professor
Silvia Caro Spinel
Universidad de Los Andes, Colombia
Full Professor
Antonios Kanellopoulos
University of Hertfordshire, UK
Senior Lecturer
Francisco Martin-Martinez
Swansea University, UK
Lecturer
Martin Arraigada
Empa – Materials Science and Technology, Switzerland
Senior Researcher
Luis Arteaga-Perez
Universidad del Bío-Bío, Chile
Associate Professor
Roque Borinaga-Treviño
Universidad del País Vasco, Spain
Assistant Professor
Álvaro González
Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Chile
Assistant Professor
Erik Schlangen
Delft University of Technology, Netherlands
Full Professor
Quantao Liu
Wuhan University of Technology, China
Associate Professor
Alvaro Garcia Hernandez
University of Nottingham, UK
Associate Professor
Visiting Researchers

Dra. Andrea Guadarrama Lezama, Autonomous University of Mexico State, Mexico

Dr. Alvaro Garcia Hernandez, University of Nottingham, UK.

Dr. Roque Borinaga Treviño, The University of the Basque Country, Spain.