Innovative and Multifunctional Pavements (EMPave-MAP)

We work to develop pavements that carry loads, but also have multiple other functionalities. We believe that roads should coexist  in symbiosis with the environment, harvesting energy or helping with the management of water. They should reduce temperature peaks and contribute mitigating the heat island effect. We work towards a pavement can sense its surroundings,  process the information, communicate with the users and re-adapt in consequence. To that end, we approach transportation problems through unconventional modifications of the material and constructive process of the pavement. In our research, we imagine the future and we try to make it reality using state-of-the-art technologies from the physical, chemical and biological fields: we understand that technology has to move ahead as a whole. But we are aware that change happens gradually and from the hand of the industry.