Thomas Poinot

Technical Skills/Expertise: Building materials formulation and characterization (mechanical resistance, durability, pore structure, degree of reaction), Cement-based materials and alternative cementitious binders, Natural polymers, Rheology, Design Of Experiments (DOE)

Thomas has received two Master of Science degrees, one in formulation and chemistry, and one in civil engineering. He received his PhD in Materials Science at Ecole Nationale Superieure des Mines where his research focused on the interaction between natural polymers and cement.

Currently, Thomas is a postdoctoral associate in the department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at MIT. He is co-leading the urbanization group of Tata Center for Technology and Design.
His interest lies in the development of alternatives cementitious binders to reduce the ecological footprint of traditional building materials. More specifically, his work examines the recycling of industrial wastes, such as biomass ash, into construction materials.

Thomas was born and raised in France, where he developed a taste for gastronomy and culture. He enjoys spending his spare time playing sports and hanging out with friends.