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Davide Lo Presti

Principal Research Fellow, Faculty of Engineering

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Biography

Dr. Lo Presti expertise is Sustainable Engineering, with a focus on Transport Infrastructures, particularly on technology development and asset management. His research is both applied and fundamental and involves investigation of effective techniques for recycling waste/secondary materials (i.e. tyre rubber, reclaimed asphalt, etc..), into civil engineering applications such as roads, railways, roofing membranes. Dr. Lo Presti is also directly involved on conceiving and developing tools, methodologies and concepts for a more sustainable management of transport infrastructures and related technologies. At last, Dr. Lo Presti has extensive experience in creating and coordinating wide, international and multi-disciplinary projects. On this regards, He has recently ensured funding for major projects with consortiums of 30 partners and the most recent one (SMARTI ETN 2017-2021) will allow carrying out cutting-edge fundamental and practical research based on his vision of Sustainable Multi-Functional Automated Resilient Transport Infrastructures.

CURRICULUM VITAE: Updated and detailed CV is downloadable here

PROJECTS: Since 2010, Dr. Lo Presti is invovled as researcher, project manager and coordinator within several international collaborations. For more details see "research" and "Projects"

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Expertise Summary

Applied Research

  • Re-use of tyre rubber in civil engineering applications (i.e. pavements, railways, roofing membranes)
  • Design and mechanical testing of modified bitumen for asphalt concrete and roofing membranes
  • Technology development for Railway trackbeds
  • Life-cycle engineering techniques applied to transport infrastructures (LCA, LCCA, etc)

Fundamental

  • Development of strategies and technologies for maximisation of re-use/recycle of alternative materials in pavements and railway trackbeds
  • Advanced rheological analysis of complex materials
  • Computer-based development of testing geometries for complex rheometry
  • Constitutive and Perfomance modelling of asphalt mixture and bituminous binders
  • Sustainability Assessment of systems through multi-criteria decision analysis

Research Summary

Dr. Lo Presti is a Principal Researcher of the Nottingham Transportation Engineering Centre of the University of Nottingham. His expertise is Sustainable Transport Infrastructures Engineering, with a… read more

Selected Publications

Since 2010, Dr. Lo Presti has been appointed as Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the University of Nottingham where He has been main author of several international research proposals and He achieved to ensure his own funding to develop other international projects toward a career as independent researcher in sustainable development of transport infrastructures.

CURRENT PROJECTS:

  • 2017 - 2021 - SMARTI ETN - Sustainable Multi-functional Automated Resilient Transport Infrastructures - (4M€ - 1.300,000€ at UNOTT) -H2020 Marie Curie Actions - "COORDINATOR
  • 2015 - 2018 BIOREPAVATION: innovation in bio-recycling of asphalt pavement- (1.500,000€, 200k at UNOTT) - Funded by ERANET - INFRAVATION RESEARCH PROGRAMME under the call 2014. () - PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR
  • 2013 - 2017 - SUP&R ITN: Sustainable Pavement & Railway Initial Training Network - (4€ - 1M€ at UNOTT) - Funded by EU FP7 within the People-Marie Curie ITN scheme. Main author, Co-investigator and Project Manager.

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FELLOWSHIPS, GRANTS and AWARDS:

  • Feb 2015 - EPSRC Phd fees + FROG PhD studentship - (41,798£) - "EPSRC Doctoral Training Grant Centre in Complex Systems and Processes Pictures.
  • Oct 2014 - HERMES Fellowship - (20,000£) - "Rheology of complex fluids" received by University of Nottingham, UK, through EU funding
  • Aug 2013 - FROG PhD scolarship for EU student (Faculty of Engineering University of Nottingham) - 41,798£
  • Jun 2013 - FROG PhD scolarship for EU student (Faculty of Engineering University of Nottingham) - 47,798£
  • Jun 2013 - PhD Scholarship for Research Excellence from Brazil (Programa Capes/Universidade de Nottingham /Universidade de Birmingham - Bolsa de Doutorado Pleno) - 45,000£
  • Jun 2013 Main author, Co-PI and Project Manager of a European project "SUP&R ITN 2013 - 2017" Funded by EU FP7 within the People-Marie Curie ITN scheme - 4,066,597.00 €.
  • Jun 2013 CO-PI of a Knowledge Transfer Partnership project to support technology development of a UK SME (KTP) 2013 - 2015 147.000£
  • Apr 2013: Co-Investigator of "ALLBACK2PAVE: Toward 100% recycling of reclaimed asphalt" (2013-2015) - 460.000€. Funded by CEDR TRANSNATIONAL ROAD RESEARCH PROGRAMME under the call 2012.
  • Jan 2012: "Bridging the Gaps "Next Generation feasibility Awards 2012" - 10.000£ for research activities. Funded by University of Nottingham

Current Research

Dr. Lo Presti is a Principal Researcher of the Nottingham Transportation Engineering Centre of the University of Nottingham. His expertise is Sustainable Transport Infrastructures Engineering, with a focus on infrastructure's technology development and sustainable asset management. His research is both applied and fundamental and aims at investigating effective techniques for recycling waste/secondary materials into transport infrastructure technologies and conceiving and developing tools, methodologies and concepts towards a more sustainable management of transport infrastructures and related technologies.

CURRENT PhD students:

Mr Juan Carvhalo - Sustainable pavements

Mr Gustavo Menegusso Pires - 100% reclaimed asphalt pavement

Mr Gaspare Giancontieri - Rheometry of complex fluids

Ms Ana Jimenez del Barro Carrion - Biobinders for road asphalt pavement

Mr Giacomo D'Angelo - Sustainable technologies for Railway ballast

Ms Laura Trupia - Life Cycle Assessment of Road Pavement

CURRENT Post-Docs

Mr Ayad Subhy - Characterisation and development of rubberised bitumen

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