At UCLA, Sant is also the director of the Institute for Carbon Management, which is developing pioneering market-focused technology solutions to reduce the accumulation of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.
His research interests include cementitious materials and porous media, with a focus on their chemistry-microstructure-engineering properties, reducing the carbon footprint of construction materials and other related topics.
Sant has developed methods to use waste carbon dioxide emissions in the manufacturing of concrete. He founded a UCLA startup, CarbonBuilt, to commercialize the technology. The UCLA CarbonBuilt team won the NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE global competition in April 2021, the first university team to win the XPRIZE.
In addition to his groundbreaking research, Sant has published more than 100 peer-reviewed scientific publications and his work has been supported by federal and state agencies, foundations and Fortune 500 corporations. He has received numerous awards from the National Science Foundation, American Concrete Institute, American Institute for Chemical Engineering, and International Union of Laboratories and Experts in Construction Materials, Systems and Structures.
Sant received a Ph.D., M.S. and B.S. in civil engineering from Purdue University. He joined the UCLA faculty in 2010.