Jennifer Astoveza

Jennifer Astoveza

Hello! I am Jennifer Astoveza, from the Philippines. With much passion for science and sustainability, I joined the Socrates project as an early stage researcher, tasked to explore the viability of using industrial residues as supplementary cementitious materials (SCM) in calcium aluminate blended cements (CAC).
I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Metallurgical Engineering at the University of the Philippines – Diliman in 2012. Placing 2nd in the National Licensure Examination for Metallurgical Engineers in 2012 has paved a great opportunity for me to start a career in the metallurgical industry. I initially spent 6 months as a management engineer trainee in a Glencore-Xstrata copper smelter and refining plant, PASAR Corporation. I was then hired as process engineer in the Doré (gold-silver/ precious metals) plant of the company and was likewise trained as a shift manager in the Electrolysis Department. I served the company for almost 3 years before I decided to pursue a master’s degree abroad.
In 2015, I was awarded with an Erasmus+ scholarship for the EMerald program ─ Masters in Georesources Engineering with a focus on geometallurgy. The program allowed me and my colleagues to spend one semester of the 2-year degree, studying in each of the 4 host universities: Université de Liège (Belgium); Université de Lorraine (France); Luleå University of Technology (Sweden); and TU Bergakademie Freiberg (Germany). I completed my thesis semester in 2017, having an internship at the Helmholtz Institute Freiberg in Germany, where I worked on a project focused on cassiterite flotation and pre-concentration operations.
My masters study kindled my passion for the concept of “Circular Economy” ─ the idea of a regenerative resource cycle with a focus on minimization of wastes through process optimization, substitution and recycling. This concept invigorated my interest in pursuing a research inclined towards recycling, especially of the wastes in metallurgical plants. With this direction in mind, I decided to accept the offer to join the Socrates team ─ a perfect fit for my research topic of interest. I am looking forward to expanding my knowledge towards cement chemistry as I explore the valorisation of industrial residues as supplementary cementitious materials. I will be mainly based at the Kerneos Research and Technology Centre in Vaulx-Milieu, France ─ a leader in calcium aluminate technologies.
If you are interested in my topic and you wish to learn more about it, please don’t hesitate to get in contact with me at jennifer.astoveza@kuleuven.be