Learning from ancient materials in order to develop building materials of the future
Many historical building materials - such as ancient Roman concrete - are extremely hardwearing and therefore far superior to modern materials. What makes these materials so durable? Is it possible to transfer these properties to new building materials? An interdisciplinary team from the field of conservation and materials science is exploring this topic.
Our focus is on understanding the various properties of the materials used by our predecessors and on transferring them to future applications. With our research work, which covers the areas of historical building materials, conservation and materials development, we are laying the foundation both for innovative approaches to the development of modern industrial products and for new ways of preserving existing cultural heritage.