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Research interests

Development of low-carbon, low-cost construction materials. 

For my PhD research, I investigate the alkali activation of clays and soils, to make geopolymers and hydrosodalites. These can be used as stabilising phases in earth-based walling materials, with the potential for lower-cost, lower-carbon housing. The intended application is one-storey informally-built housing in urban areas of LEDCs. The aim is to develop a fundamental understanding of which clay minerals and soil types are best suited to geopolymer stabilisation. 



Education/Academic qualification

Materials Science, Master of Engineering, University of Oxford

1 Oct 20091 Jul 2013

External positions

Graduate Engineer, Buro Happold

1 Oct 20131 Jul 2015


  • TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
  • Stabilised soil
  • Activated clays
  • QD Chemistry
  • Hydrosodalites
  • Inorganic polymers
  • Geopolymers
  • TH Building construction
  • Earth construction

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Research Output 2016 2019

  • 5 Article
  • 1 Conference contribution
  • 1 Paper

Hygrothermal Performance of Vernacular Stone in a Desert Climate

Makhlouf, N., Maskell, D., Marsh, A., Natarajan, S., Dabaieh, M. & Afify, M., 20 Aug 2019, In : Construction and Building Materials. 216, p. 687-689 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Phase formation behaviour in alkali activation of clay mixtures

Marsh, A., Heath, A., Patureau, P., Evernden, M. & Walker, P., 1 Jul 2019, In : Applied Clay Science. 175, p. 10-21 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Stabilisation of Clay Mixtures and Soils by Alkali Activation

Marsh, A., Heath, A., Patureau, P., Evernden, M. & Walker, P., 2 Mar 2019, Earthen Dwellings and Structures. Springer Verlag, p. 15-26 12 p. (Springer Transactions in Civil and Environmental Engineering).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Open Access
3 Citations (Scopus)

Alkali activation behaviour of un-calcined montmorillonite and illite clay minerals

Marsh, A., Heath, A., Patureau, P., Evernden, M. & Walker, P., 15 Dec 2018, In : Applied Clay Science. 166, p. 250-261 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Clay minerals
4 Citations (Scopus)
Open Access


Alkali activated earth construction materials

Author: Marsh, A., 3 Apr 2019

Supervisor: Heath, A. (Supervisor), Evernden, M. (Supervisor), Walker, P. (Supervisor) & Patureau, P. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD