Self-healing of cementitious materials, Historic mortars technology, Smart building materials, Building materials characterization, Conservation nano-composites


Maria Amenta is postdoctoral researcher at INN, on the development of cement-based nano-modified self-sensing materials. She has 11 scientific papers in journals and 13 in international conference proceedings. She graduated from the Department of Chemistry of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in 2009 and received her master's degree in "Applied Science and Technology" from the Technical University of Crete in 2012. During her master's degree she worked in the laboratory of Archaeological and Building Materials at NCSR DEMOKRITOS on the study of the effect of aggregates on the properties of restorative mortars. In 2012 she was awarded the NCSR "D" scholarship for PhD candidates and carried out her doctoral dissertation at the Institute of Nanotechnology and Nanoscience of NCSR Demokritos. In 2017 she received her PhD on "Mechanisms and parameters for life-cycle optimization of traditional lime-mortars" from the Department of Architectural Engineering of the Technical University of Crete and in the same year she was granted the Industrial Scholarship by Stavros Niarchos Foundation in collaboration with cement company TITAN SA. Her main research interests concern the study of nanomaterials dispersion and incorporation in cement-based mortars, the mechanisms of autogenous and autonomous self-healing of cement mortars, as well as the study of the hydration and of durability of hydraulic mortars.

See more about self-healing, the collaboration with TITAN Cement Co and the SNF fellowships in the next video. 


Amenta, M., Papaioannou, S., Kilikoglou, V. and Karatasios, I., Morphological and Chemical Characterization of Self-Healing Products in MgO Concrete RILEM Bookseries, Volume 34, Pages: 335-348, 2022 [doi]

Amenta, M., Metaxa, Z.S., Papaioannou, S., Katsiotis, M.S., Kilikoglou, V., Kourkoulis, S.K. and Karatasios, I., Quantitative evaluation of self-healing capacity in cementitious materials Material Design and Processing Communications, Volume 3, Article Number: e152, 2021 [doi]

Litina, C., Bumanis, G., Anglani, G., Dudek, M., Maddalena, R., Amenta, M., Papaioannou, S., Pérez, G., Calvo, J.L.G., Asensio, E., Cobos, R.B., Pinto, F.T., Augonis, A., Davies, R., Guerrero, A., Moreno, M.S., Stryszewska, T., Karatasios, I., Tulliani, J.-M., Antonaci, P., Bajare, D. and Al‐tabbaa, A., Evaluation of methodologies for assessing self‐healing performance of concrete with mineral expansive agents: An interlaboratory study Materials, Volume 14, Article Number: 2024, 2021 [doi]

Papaioannou, S., Amenta, M., Kilikoglou, V., Gournis, D. and Karatasios, I., Critical aspects in the development and integration of encapsulated healing agents in cement and concrete Journal of Advanced Concrete Technology, Volume 19, Pages: 301-320, 2021 [doi]

Amenta, M., Karatasios, I., Psycharis, V., Maravelaki, P. and Kilikoglou, V., The leaching mechanism of hydraulic mortars as part of autogenic self-healing process Journal of Cultural Heritage, Volume 46, Pages: 1-10, 2020 [doi]

Karatasios, I., Amenta, M. and Kilikoglou, V., Hydraulic mortars for joining archaeological stone fragments - A methodological approach Volume 10, Pages: 211-218, 2018 [doi]

Amenta, M., Karatasios, I., Maravelaki-Kalaitzaki, P. and Kilikoglou, V., The role of aggregate characteristics on the performance optimization of high hydraulicity restoration mortars Construction and Building Materials, Volume 153, Pages: 527-534, 2017 [doi]

Karatasios, I., Michalopoulou, A., Amenta, M. and Kilikoglou, V., Modification of water transport properties of porous building stones caused by polymerization of silicon-based consolidation products Pure and Applied Chemistry, Volume 89, Pages: 1673-1684, 2017 [doi]

Amenta, M., Karatasios, I., Maravelaki, P. and Kilikoglou, V., Monitoring of self-healing phenomena towards enhanced sustainability of historic mortars Applied Physics A: Materials Science and Processing, Volume 122, Article Number: 554, 2016 [doi]

Amenta, M., Karatasios, I., Kalagri, A., Maravelaki-Kalaitzaki, P. and Kilikoglou, V., Mix design parameters of restoration mortars: The effect of aggregate characteristics Pages: 85-88, 2015 [doi]

Karatasios, I., Amenta, M., Tziotziou, M. and Kilikoglou, V., The effect of relative humidity on the performance of lime-pozzolan mortars RILEM Bookseries, Volume 7, Pages: 309-318, 2013 [doi]

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