Dr Salmabanu Ismailbhai Luhar (she/her)

Department of Civil and Structural Engineering

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellow

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Dr Salmabanu Ismailbhai Luhar
Department of Civil and Structural Engineering
Sir Frederick Mappin Building (Broad Lane Building)
Mappin Street
S1 3JD

Dr Luhar is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellow, co-inventor, material scientist and author in STEM. She completed her PhD in Civil & Structural Engineering at MNIT, India. She possesses decade-long experience of advance postdoctoral projects in Taiwan, Cyprus (EU) and the USA, which helped
establish herself as an expert in her field. Formerly, she was affiliated with the Center of Excellence in Geopolymer & Green Technology, Universiti Malaysia Perils, Malaysia as an external post doc. Dr Luhar has been awarded two honorary postdoctoral degrees of DLitt. from two international universities. She has written 7 patent registrations, over 70 research articles, 7 books, and 7 book chapters. Her biography is listed on “Marquis who’s who”, USA. She has received 25 national and international awards.

Dr Luhar's research aim to invent novel, innovative, durable, user and eco-friendly cleaner productions of building materials for eco-constructions. This will improve structural performance, in addition to creating a circular economy through the incorporation of wastes, piloting to lower production costs and systematic waste management.

In 2023, Dr Luhar won the Top 50 Women in Engineering Award.

Research interests

Conventional and Geopolymer concrete technologies, structural and special types of concretes, construction innovation, Fibre Reinforced Polymers, ceramics, 3D printing, space constructions, wastes and fibres, cement, radioactive waste, carbon capturing, rubberized concretes, pre-cast. 

Currently, she concentrates on a special type of GP-concrete.


Journal articles


Conference proceedings papers

  • Chang TH, Qiu ZX, Cheng TW, Lee WH, Luhar S & Ding YC (2020) Fabrication and performance appraisal of marble-based geopolymeric composites. 15th International Symposium on East Asian Resources Recycling Technology, EARTH 2019 RIS download Bibtex download
  • Spanou M, Luhar S, Savva P, Ioannou S, Petrou MF, Luhar I & Nicolaides D () Diabase Mud-Based Geopolymer Paste: Formulation and Properties. International Conference on Raw Materials and Circular Economy RIS download Bibtex download
Research group

Concrete Structures

Earthquake Engineering


JSPS fellowship, Japan 2022 (unable to take up due to pandemic)
PhD fellowship from the Indian Ministry of Human Resources and Development at MNIT, India
PI - “Durability studies of Geopolymer concrete containing waste rubber fibres as partial replacement of Sand” Indian Ministry of Science and Technology, India.