Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering

Dr Richard Ball

Contact details

Room: 4ES 5.25
Tel: +44 (0) 1225 386944

PhD supervision

Interested in supervising students studying:

  • Lime and cementitious binders
  • Nanomaterials
  • Photocatylictic materials
  • Sensors
  • Indoor air quality
  • Waste utilisation in construction

Dr Richard Ball



Richard Ball is a Reader in the Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering, he joined the department as a lecturer in 2010. His current research interests include low-carbon building materials, lime based materials for conservation, nano-materials, photocatalytic coatings, indoor air quality and materials for 3D printing.

Richard graduated with a BEng in Materials Science and Engineering in 1997 and a PhD in 2000, both from the University of Bath. As a postdoctoral researcher in Bath he developed novel composite ceramic electrolytes for solid oxide fuel cells before joining the Interface Analysis Centre at the University of Bristol in 2002.

He has attracted funding as PI and CI from the EPSRC, FP7, British Council (UKIERI), Royal Society, Royal Academy of Engineering and Historic England. Richard is a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) and secretary of the West of England Metals and Materials Association (WEMMA). He is a committee member of The Ceramics Society’s (division of IOM3), Cementitious Materials Group. In 2013 he received the IOM3 Outstanding Service Award.


Richard’s research interests are focused on microstructure/macrostructure property relationships of materials, setting reactions, sensors, degradation processes, water transport mechanisms, polymeric and ceramic materials for 3D printing, conservation materials, photocatalytic coatings and materials for improving the indoor air quality of buildings.

He is currently co-investigator on the EPSRC research grant ‘Aerial Additive Building Manufacturing: Distributed Unmanned Aerial Systems for in-situ manufacturing of the built environment’ and was principal investigator on the EPSRC grants ‘An Electrochemical Approach to Study Carbonation of Novel Lime Based Materials’ and ‘Experimentally verified atomistic modelling of lime in construction materials’.

He has received funding from the Royal Society to investigate photocatalytic coatings for the built environment and also Historic England to investigate nanolimes for the conservation of stone buildings in the UK.

Funding from the Royal Academy of Engineering and the British Council sponsored UKIERI is promoting collaboration with MANIT (Bhopal), IIT Delhi and JNV University, Jodhpur in the areas of energy harvesting, building monitoring, dye sensitised solar cells, coatings and surface treatments for the built environment.


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