Domenico Gallipoli: Sustainable construction

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Domenico GallipoliSustainable construction

Prof. Domenico Gallipoli was awarded a Master Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Naples Federico II (Italy) and a PhD in Geotechnical Engineering from the University of Glasgow (UK). He started his academic career working as a post-doctoral researcher at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (Spain) funded by a “Marie Curie” Fellowship of the European Commission. After that, he obtained his first permanent post as Lecturer at the University of Durham (UK) and subsequently moved back to the University of Glasgow (UK) where he was appointed Senior Lecturer and later promoted to Reader.

He is currently Professor at UPPA, where he was recruited in 2012 to develop a new research group on sustainable construction with a special emphasis on the design of geological building materials with low embodied energy.

Prof. Gallipoli has authored around 125 publications (110 of which during the past 10 years), led 12 research grants, organized or chaired 4 international conferences/symposia and supervised 19 PhDs and postdocs. His publications have attracted 942 citations, according to Scopus, and 1670 citations, according to Google Scholar (75% of which during the past 5 years). His H-index is 14, according to Scopus, and 19, according to Google Scholar. Prof. Gallipoli’s research activity has been funded by the European Commission, by industry and by public agencies in the UK and France, corresponding to a total grant income of about 3 million euros (half of which during the past five years). Prof. Gallipoli has participated in several international collaborative research projects, including 3 “Marie Curie” Networks funded by the European Commission (one as coordinator and two as partner). He has been examiner of PhD degrees at several universities worldwide including the Imperial College (UK), the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (Norway), the Trinity College (Ireland), the University of New South Wales (Australia), the École Nationale des Travaux Publics de l'État (France), the Universidad de Los Andes (Colombia) and the Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha (Spain).

His research activities span from theoretical studies to industrial consultancy with a focus on transfer of knowledge from academia into practice. He has recently been seconded for a period of 21 months to industries in Germany, Austria and Italy to develop commercial sensors for measuring capillary water tension in soils and to design the associated systems for real time analysis of field data. Prof. Gallipoli is a scientific consultant of the Finnish firm B+Tech Oy, for which he has reviewed technical reports about the design of underground repositories for the long term storage of nuclear waste. These reports were commissioned by Posiva Oy, which is the organisation responsible for the disposal of spent nuclear fuel in Finland. Prof. Gallipoli has also been a reviewer of research grant applications submitted to the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR), the British Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the Czech Science Foundation (GAČR).