Marcin Hajduczek

Marcin  Hajduczek
MIT CEE | Undergraduate Research and Innovation Scholar
Advisor: Admir Masic
Department: CEE
Areas of Research: Environment
Years: 2021-2022
Research Project Title:

Characterizing and Creating Sustainable, Durable Mortars and Concretes Inspired by Roman Aqueducts

abstract:With the production of concrete being responsible for 8% of the world’s CO2 emissions, developing sustainable concrete is of utmost importance. These high emissions stem from concrete’s active ingredient, OPC, which is far less eco-friendly than the pozzolanic ingredient used by Ancient Romans in their concrete. This project aims to draw on Roman construction experience to propose a concrete mix that is more durable and sustainable than modern concrete by replacing up to 50% of OPC with a pozzolanic material. This concrete will be tested according to modern construction standards and characterized in-situ as it hydrates to better understand its benefits and limitations. Finally, its sustainability will be evaluated through a life-cycle analysis and an assessment of its carbon footprint.

I believe the environmental cost of the materials we use in the built environment is an overlooked aspect in the fight for a sustainable future, and I’m excited to help change that through this SuperUROP. I’ve previously done research on ancient Roman construction techniques and written a research paper on OPC replacements, and this experience will allow me to combine and further my interest and knowledge in both of these important fields.