Dr Shiju Joseph is a research associate at the University of Cambridge. He is interested in developing novel low-carbon and low-cost cementitious binders and characterization of cementitious materials. He has a background in civil engineering and received his PhD from KU Leuven, Belgium. He has experience in microstructural modelling and different experimental techniques such as XRD, NMR, SEM etc. Over the years as a researcher, he was involved in developing, and understanding hydration, microstructure and durability of different low carbon cementitious binders such as blended cements with calcined clays, alkali activated materials, hybrid cements etc.