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Dr Chrysoula Litina

Dr Chrysoula Litina

Research Associate in Resilient Materials for Life (RM4L)

Geotechnical Research Office
Cambridge University
Engineering Department
Trumpington Street

Cambridge CB2 1PZ
Office Phone: +44 (0)1223 766683



Chrysoula completed her undergraduate Civil Engineering degree at Democritus University of Thrace in Greece in November 2010 and has been a registered Professional Engineer since February 2011. She continued her academic education at the same university for the degree of MSc in Hydraulic and Environmental Engineering. During both her undergraduate and graduate studies she was a Greek State Scholarships Foundation (IKY) scholar and she obtained both degrees with High Honours. In October 2011 she joined the Geotechnical Research Group at the University of Cambridge as a PhD student with a research focus on sustainable development in construction material. Her research was funded jointly by the EPSRC and the Greek State Scholarship Foundation (IKY). In 2015 she was awarded a PhD on the development of microcapsule based self-healing cementitious materials. Based upon the preliminary findings of her doctoral work, a characterization and optimisation study of the performance of microencapsulated mineral agents was undertaken, allowing further steps towards full scale applications and commercialization leading to a EPSRC IAA Follow-on Fund project in Microcapsule- Based Self-Healing Cementitious Repair Materials.
Currently, Chrysoula's work as a Research Associate focuses on macro-and microencapsulation for self-healing cementitious materials. Based on this, she is exploring membrane emulsification for the microencapsultion of different healing agents mainly targeting physically triggered damages. Her work is within the Resilient Materials 4 Life (RM4L), a project aiming at creating materials that will adapt to their environment, develop immunity to harmful actions, self-diagnose the on-set of deterioration and self-heal when damaged.
Chrysoula is affiliated to Clare College.

Research Interests

Innovative and sustainable cement based materials 

Self-healing cementitious materials

Biomimetic materials



Supervisions: IA Structural Mechanics

Other Professional Activities

“Sir Joseph Bazalgette Award” (SCI Construction Materials Group) for best oral presentation at Young Researchers’ Forum 2014, UCL, London

Cambridge Science Centre exhibition on ‘Research in building materials for extreme environments’

BBC Frontier Radio podcast on ‘Self-healing materials’ (2013)

Academy of Athens award for undergraduate academic excellence

Skills Day Workshop leader for Undergraduates, Clare College

Key Publications

  1. Litina, C and Kanellopoulos, A and Al-Tabbaa, A (2014) Alternative repair system for concrete using microencapsulated healing agents. Concrete Solutions - Proceedings of Concrete Solutions, 5th International Conference on Concrete Repair. pp. 97-103.
  2. Litina, C and Al-Tabbaa, A (2013) Self-healing capacity of hardened cement suspensions with high levels of cement substitution. ICSHM 2013: Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Self-Healing Materials, Ghent, Belgium, June 16-20, 2013
  3. Litina Ch., Hrissanthou V. and Angelidis P., (2012) Continuous hydrologic modelling study of Evros River basin, 3rd International Interdisciplinary Conference on Predictions for Hydrology, Ecology and Water Resources Management: Water Resources and Changing Global Environment, HydroPredict'2012, Volume of Abstracts, p. 19, Vienna.