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Dr Giovanni Pesce

Associate Professor

Department: Architecture and Built Environment

Giovanni L. Pesce (Gianluca) is an Associate Professor at the Department of Mechanical and Construction Engineering, Northumbria University Newcastle.

Giovanni obtained his Master’s degree in Architecture (focussed on the conservation of historic buildings) in 1999 at the University of Genoa (Italy), with a thesis in building archaeology supervised by Prof. Tiziano Mannoni.

After graduation, he worked as a specialist in building pathology and building archaeology at the “Institute for the History of Material Culture” of Genoa and at Ipsilon p.s.c.r.l.

In 2006 he obtained a PhD in "Materials Engineering for the Science of Construction" (University of Genoa), with a thesis on the use of meta-kaolin as hydraulic additive in new lime-based construction materials.

From 2006 to 2010 he collaborated with the Department of Sciences for Architecture of the University of Genoa on a number of projects as a specialist in material characterization, building pathology and building archaeology.

In 2010 he moved to the UK where he studied the carbonation process in new lime-based construction materials. In 2014 he obtained a PhD in Civil Engineering from the University of Bath.

From 2013 to 2016 he worked at the University of Bath as a post-doctoral research associate on the EPSRC project: "Experimentally verified Atomistic modelling of lime in construction materials" (P.I. Dr. Richard J. Ball; C.I. Prof. Stephen Parker)

In 2016 he joined Northumbria University Newcastle as a Lecturer.

Giovanni is a member a various professional organizations such as the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IoM3), the Mineralogical Society of Great Britain and Ireland, the Architects Registration Board (ARB) and the Institute of Civil Engineering (ICE).

Giovanni Pesce

Campus Address

Northumbria University, City Campus
Room 003, Sutherland Building
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE1 8ST

0191 227 3065

Can we develop new, more sustainable building materials based on past knowledge? Can we decode the empirical knowledge of the past, translate it into modern scientific knowledge, and use this to develop new construction materials that are more respectful of the environment?
Giovanni’s research interests are centered around the development of low- and zero-carbon construction materials inspired by the past, tailored to tomorrow’s construction industry.
Giovanni’s multidisciplinary background allows him to understand the needs of the modern construction industry and bring these inside the laboratories where the new materials are developed. His expertise in the field of material culture (developed at the Institute for the History of Material Culture of Genoa, Italy) allows him to learn from the empirical knowledge of the past, and use this to further our knowledge of the past societies and to develop innovative construction materials.
Giovanni is a leading expert in lime and is passionately interested in traditional construction materials.

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Development of an interdisciplinary approach to the radiocarbon dating of earth mortars from AlUla Old Town (Saudi Arabia). Integration of building archaeology, mortar analysis and radiocarbon dating, Gilento, P., Pesce, G., Vernet, A., Pesce, C. 3 May 2024, In: Radiocarbon
  • Effects of carbohydrates and sulfonates during CaO hydration on portlandite microstructure, Pesce, C., Ball, R., Molinari, M., Reeksting, S., Pesce, G. 1 Jan 2024, In: Cement and Concrete Research
  • Effects of Organic Additives on Portlandite Microstructure During CaO Hydration, Pesce, G., Pesce, C., Molinari, M. 8 May 2024, Towards the next generation of sustainable masonry systems: Mortars, renders, plasters and other challenges
  • Correction: RILEM TC 277-LHS report: How hot are hot-lime-mixed mortars? A review, Pavia, S., Veiga, R., Hughes, J., Pesce, G., Valek, J., Alvarez, J., Faria, P., Padovnik, A. 1 Sep 2023, In: Materials and Structures
  • Effects of Steam-Slaking on the Characteristics of Lime from Three Different UK Manufacturers, Pesce, C., Godina, M., Henry, A., Pesce, G. 2023, RILEM Bookseries, Switzerland, Springer
  • Effects of Sucrose on Fresh-State and Setting Properties of Air Lime, Pesce, C., Pesce, G., Molinari, M., Corradi, M. 11 Aug 2023, In: Materials and Structures
  • Location of Artinite (Mg2CO3(OH)2·3H2O) within the MgO–CO2–H2O system using ab initio thermodynamics, Tse, J., Grant, J., Skelton, J., Gillie, L., Zhu, R., Pesce, G., Ball, R., Parker, S., Molinari, M. 21 Jul 2023, In: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics
  • RILEM TC 277-LHS report: How hot are hot-lime-mixed mortars? A review, Pavia, S., Veiga, R., Hughes, J., Pesce, G., Valek, J., Alvarez, J., Faria, P., Padovnik, A. May 2023, In: Materials and Structures/Materiaux et Constructions
  • RILEM TC 277-LHS report: How hot are hot-lime-mixed mortars? A review, Pavia, S., Veiga, R., Hughes, J., Pesce, G., Valek, J., Alvarez, J., Faria, P., Padovnik, A. 4 May 2023

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Freeze-thaw and capiliarry testing of mortar samples from Hadrian's Wall mortar trial, Pesce, G. (Principal Investigator), Pesce, G. (Co Investigator), Historic England Limited, 30/10/17 - 28/02/18, £2,272.00
  • Laboratory tests of mortar samples for Historic England, Pesce, G. (Principal Investigator), Pesce, G. (Co Investigator), Historic England Limited, 15/05/17 - 14/11/17, £2,691.00
  • Research and evaluation of hot lime technology for the construction of a pinnacle at York Minster Cathedral, Pesce, G. (Principal Investigator), Pesce, G. (Co Investigator), Historic England Limited, 15/12/16 - 15/09/17, £5,199.00
  • Experimentally verified atomistic modelling of lime in construction materials, Pesce, G. (Principal Investigator), Pesce, G. (Co Investigator), University of Bath, 01/09/16 - 02/12/16, £11,490.00

  • Orsolya Bokor Improving Labour Productivity in Construction. A Hybrid Machine Learning Approach. Start Date: 01/02/2020 End Date: 05/10/2022
  • Christopher Reeves Conservation of Functional Heritage Railway Buildings as an Archetype for the Conservation of Functional Heritage Buildings Start Date: 31/10/2019 End Date: 02/03/2022
  • Cecilia Pesce Tailoring lime properties to the modern construction industry. The effects of organic additives and alternative slaking methods on portlandite mineralogy Start Date: 01/10/2018 End Date: 19/11/2022
  • Helen Mulholland Start Date: 01/10/2017

  • Civil Engineering PhD June 30 2014
  • Materials Engineering PhD May 19 2006
  • Architecture MSc April 20 1999
  • Chartered Member of the Royal Institute of British Architects RIBA 2015
  • Member of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining MIMMM 2020
  • Associate Member of the Institute of Civil Engineers AMICE 2019
  • Fellow of the Higher Educational Academy FHEA 2018
  • Member of the Architects Registration Board ARB 2015


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