Professor Fernando Martirena is the director of the Centro de Investigación y Desarrollo de Estructuras y Materiales, CIDEM (Centre for Research & Development of Structures and Materials) at the Universidad Central de las Villas in Cuba; and dedicates his work to develop and implement sustainable technologies for the manufacture of building materials with strong focus on social housing, through collaboration with the Latin American Network for the Sustainable Habitat, ecosur (www.ecosur.org).
Professor Fernando Martirena’s main subject of research has been the sustainable use of cement and concrete. Since 1995 he has advocated for the use of Supplementary Cementitious Materials (SCMs), with extensive work done in the area of Vegetable Ashes, and very recently with the use of calcined clays as SCMs using low grade kaolinitic clay, as one of the leaders of the LC3 project worldwide. As RILEM Senior member he chairs the TC on Calcined Clays created in 2018. He has strong connections with the industry, mostly related to the swift introduction of LC3 in commercial practice.
The work of CIDEM and Professor Martirena has been widely awarded by the Cuban Academy of Science, the Cuban Ministry of Science and Environment and the Habitat section of the United Nations.