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Structures Research Group



Marcus joined the Concrete Infrastructure Research Group (CIRG) within the Civil Engineering Division where his research focus on tailored reinforced concrete structures. Marcus brings to CIRG expertise that he gained in Austria, the USA and Singapore. After he spent 9 year working on construction sites, Marcus decided to enter academia and studied Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Innsbruck in Austria and joined later on the University’s Unit of Material Technology where he received his PhD degree from. During this time, Marcus spent an academic year as a Botstiber Fellow at the University of New Orleans/USA and as a Marshall Plan Research Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley/USA. Before Marcus joined the University of Cambridge he worked as a Postdoctoral Scholar in Singapore at the Berkeley Education Alliance for Research in Singapore (BEARS).


Marcus’s research aims to reduce the carbon emissions of the construction industry by minimising the cement content of concrete and optimise the design of structural elements. Tailoring reinforced concrete infrastructures is a promising approach to achieve structures with improved performance and reduced cement content by placing high cement content mixes only where truly required within each element. Additionally, his research interests inclued the experimental characterization of building materials especially fire testing, thermomechanical analysis and  damage assessment of structural concrete and self-sensing behaviour of cementitious materials.


Key publications: 

M. Maier, B. Salazar, C. Unluer, H. K. Taylor, and C. P. Ostertag, “Thermal and mechanical performance of a novel 3D printed macro-encapsulation method for phase change materials,” J. Build. Eng., vol. 43, no. July, p. 103124, 2021,

M. Maier, A Javadian, N Saeidi, C Unluer, HK Taylor, CP Ostertag, "Mechanical properties and felxural behavior of sustainable bamboo fiber-reinforced mortar" Applied Sciences 10 (18), 6587,

M. Maier, “The effect of moisture and reinforcement on the self-sensing properties of Hybrid-Fiber-Reinforced Concrete,” Eng. Res. Express, May 2020,

M. Maier, M. Zeiml, and R. Lackner, "On the effect of pore-space properties and water saturation on explosive spalling of fire-loaded concrete," Construction and Building Materials, vol. 231, p. 117150, 2020/01/20/ 2020, doi:

M. Maier, A. Saxer, K. Bergmeister, and R. Lackner, "An experimental fire-spalling assessment procedure for concrete mixtures," Construction and Building Materials, vol. 232, p. 117172, 2020/01/30/ 2020, doi:

C. Pichler, M. Maier, and R. Lackner, "Viscoelastic Response of Closed-Cell Polyurethane Foams From Half Hour-Long Creep Tests: Identification of Lomnitz Behavior," Journal of Engineering Materials and Technology, vol. 141, no. 2, pp. 021001-021001-12, 2018,

R. Traxl, M. Maier, S. Bauer, A. Schaur, M. Zeiml, and R. Lackner, "Thermochemical assessment of the load-bearing capacity of steel-reinforced elastomeric bearings subjected to fire loading," (in Englisch), Engineering Structures, vol. 160, pp. 12-23, 2018,

Y. Zhang, M. Zeiml, M. Maier, Y. Yoan, and R. Lackner, "Fast assessing spalling risk of tunnel linings under RABT fire: From a coupled thermo-hydro-chemo-mechanical model towards an estimation method," (in Englisch), Engineering Structures, vol. 142, pp. 1-19, 2017,

Research Associate
Marcus Maier

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