Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering

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Contact details

Room: 4ES 5.09
Tel: 01225 38 6389
Email: v.ferrandiz-mas@bath.ac.uk

PhD supervision

Interested in supervising students studying:

  • Materials for energy efficiency and thermal comfort in buildings (i.e., PCMs and lightweight materials)
  • Sustainable construction materials reusing by-products
  • Biotechnology for improving material durability and reducing carbon footprint

Dr Veronica Ferrandiz-Mas

MSc, PhD

Profile

Veronica joined the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering as a Lecturer in Innovative Construction Materials in January 2017. Her research and teaching use a multidisciplinary approach to increase the sustainability of construction materials, by improving understanding of the fundamental scientific processes which define their behaviour.

Veronica graduated in Chemistry from the University of Alicante in 2008. Afterwards, Veronica obtained an MSc in Engineering of Materials, Water and Soil (2009) and PhD in Sustainable Architecture (2013), also from the University of Alicante. During her PhD, Veronica researched the influence of the addition of industrial by-products, in particular expanded polystyrene and paper sludge ash, on the properties of lightweight cements mortars. This work led to an improvement in the durability, thermal performance and sustainability of cement mortars.

After her PhD, Veronica joined Imperial College London as a postdoctoral researcher, working on two industrial partnerships, funded by Bob Martin (UK) Ltd and Plaxica Ltd. Prior to joining the University of Bath, Veronica held a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship to develop sustainable construction materials for energy efficient applications, also at Imperial College London.

Veronica is a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) and a member of the committee of the Cementitious Materials Group, within the Ceramics Society.

Research

Veronica investigates how to improve the energy efficiency of buildings through developing innovative construction materials. It is estimated that buildings are responsible for more than 40% of total energy consumed in the EU and 36% of carbon emissions. Therefore, reducing the energy requirements of buildings can play a central role in reducing societal carbon footprint and ultimately achieving sustainable growth.

Veronica's research necessitates an interdisciplinary approach, involving methods and collaborators from Materials Science, Chemistry, Experimental Statistical Design, Waste Management, Architecture and Civil Engineering. Integrating the resultant information can elucidate the underlying science which provides insight into how to engineer energy-efficient construction materials. Particular areas of interest are:

  • Sustainable construction materials made by reusing (waste) by-products, with a special focus in low carbon binders and lightweight aggregates
  • Materials for energy efficiency and thermal comfort in buildings; including phase change materials, thermal insulation materials and porous materials
  • Biotechnology for improving material durability and reducing carbon footprint

Publications

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