João Castro Gomes is a Full Professor at the Faculty of Engineering, University of Beira Interior. He completed his Ph.D. in Mathematical models for assessing cement hydration and microstructure of cement pastes at the University of Leeds (UK) in 1997 and joined the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Beira Interior afterward. He has been involved in several research projects granted by highly competitive National and European Research Calls, some of them involving SMEs and industry. His research work has been recognized and awarded several prizes related to carbon capture and utilization in the construction industry. João currently serves as the scientific coordinator of the C-MADE Centre of Materials and Building Technologies R&D unit, which he founded in 2007. He has supervised and co-supervised several doctorate students in Civil Engineering and conducted research activities in the development of multifunctional and sustainable cementitious materials.