Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering

Veronica cms

Contact details

Room: 4ES 5.09
Tel: 01225 38 6389

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


I joined the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering as a Lecturer in Innovative Construction Materials in January 2017. My 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.

I graduated in Chemistry from the University of Alicante in 2008. Afterwards, I obtained an MSc in Engineering of Materials, Water and Soil (2009) and PhD in Sustainable Architecture (2013), also from the University of Alicante. During my PhD, I 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 my PhD, I 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, I held a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship to develop sustainable construction materials for energy efficient applications, also at Imperial College London.

I am 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.


I investigate 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.

My 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


Book Sections

Ortega, J. M., Ferrandiz-Mas, V., Anton, C., Climent, M. A. and Sanchez, I., 2009. Influence of curing conditions on the mechanical properties and durability of cement mortars. In: Mammoli, A. A. and Brebbia, C. A., eds. Materials Characterisation IV. Southampton, U. K.: WITpress, pp. 381-391.


Ferrándiz-Mas, V., Bond, T., Zhang, Z., Melchiorri, J. and Cheeseman, C. R., 2016. Optimising the bioreceptivity of porous glass tiles based on colonization by the alga Chlorella vulgaris. Science of the Total Environment, 563-564, pp. 71-80.

Ferrándiz-Mas, V., Sarabia, L. A., Ortiz, M. C., Cheeseman, C. R. and García-Alcocel, E., 2016. Design of bespoke lightweight cement mortars containing waste expanded polystyrene by experimental statistical methods. Materials & Design, 89, pp. 901-912.

Ferrándiz-Mas, V., Bond, T., García-Alcocel, E. and Cheeseman, C. R., 2014. Lightweight mortars containing expanded polystyrene and paper sludge ash. Construction and Building Materials, 61, pp. 285-292.

Ferrándiz-Mas, V. and García-Alcocel, E., 2013. Durability of expanded polystyrene mortars. Construction and Building Materials, 46, pp. 175-182.

Ferrándiz-Mas, V. and García-Alcocel, E., 2012. Physical and mechanical characterization of Portland cement mortars made with expanded polystyrene particles addition (EPS). Materiales de Construccion, 62 (308), pp. 547-566.

Conference or Workshop Items

Ferrandiz-Mas, V., Ortiz, C., Sarabia, L. A., Cheeseman, C. and García-Alcocel, E., 2015. Sustainable cement mortars with addition of expanded polystyrene for masonry, rendering and plastering. In: WASCON, 2015, 2015-06-10 - 2015-06-12.

Ferrandiz-Mas, V., Pérez-Adsuar, M. and García-Alcocel, E., 2012. Portland cement mortars with addition of expanded polystyrene. Alicante (Spain): Instituto Universitario de Materiales.

Ferrandiz-Mas, V. and García-Alcocel, E., 2011. Durability of Mortars with Expanded Polystyrene. Porto University, FEUP editions, p. 1439.

Ferrandiz-Mas, V. and García-Alcocel, E., 2011. Normaliced cement mortar with expanded polystyrene.

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