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Research interests

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’, 'Healthy housing for the Displaced', and 'Resilient Materials for Life (RM4L)'.  In addition he 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 recieved funding from the Royal Academy of Engineering, the British Council, and the Royal Society.

Willing to supervise PhD

Richard is interested in supervising students studying the materials science of construction materials in areas such as:

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

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Projects 2010 2023

Research Output 1998 2020

Open Access

Application of Alkali-Activated Palm Oil Fuel Ash Reinforced with Glass Fibers in Soil Stabilization

Abdeldjouad, L., Asadi, A., Ball, R., Nahazanan, H. & Huat, B., 24 Sep 2019, In : Soils and Foundations. 35 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

A Study of PZT Sensors for Crack Detection in Reinforced Concrete

Tzoura, E., Vine, R., Ball, R. & Paine, K., 9 Sep 2019, 39th Cement and Concrete Science Conference. Ball, R., Dams, B., Ferrandiz-Mas, V., Ke, X., Paine, K., Tyrer, M. & Walker, P. (eds.). p. 99-102 4 p. 030

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Cement-fibre composites for additive building manufacturing

Dams, B., Amornrattanasereegul, N., Shepherd, P. & Ball, R., 9 Sep 2019, Proceedings of the IOMMM 39th Cement and Concrete Science Conference: University of Bath. UK, Vol. 39. p. 14-18 5 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Open Access
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Comparing the moisture permeability of limecrete and concrete floor slabs

Phillips, G., Briggs, K., McCaig, I. & Ball, R., 2019, 5th Historic Mortars Conference . Álvarez, J. I., Fernández, J. M., Navarro, Í., Durán, A. & Sirera, R. (eds.). RILEM, p. 1267-1278 12 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Open Access


Data set for Carbonation of Hydrous Materials at the Molecular Level: a ToF-SIMS, Raman and DFT Study

Grant, J. (Creator), Pesce, G. (Creator), Parker, S. (Creator), Molinari, M. (Creator), Ball, R. (Creator), University of Bath, 2 Feb 2017


Dataset related to the paper "Environmental performance of nano-structured Ca(OH)2/TiO2 photocatalytic coatings for buildings"

Pesce, G. (Creator), Nuño, M. (Creator), Ball, R. (Creator), Xenophontos, P. (Creator), University of Bath, 2015


Dataset for Optimization of Drilling Resistance Measurement (DRM) user-controlled variables

Dumitrescu, T. (Creator), Pesce, G. (Creator), Ball, R. (Creator), University of Bath, 17 Nov 2017


An experimental and computational study to resolve the composition of dolomitic lime.

Grant, J. (Creator), Pesce, G. (Creator), Ball, R. (Creator), Parker, S. (Creator), University of Bath, 18 Jan 2016



Failure Mechanisms in Valve Regulated Lead Acid Batteries

Author: Ball, R., 1 Jan 2000

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD

Interactions between volatile organic compounds and natural building materials

Author: Ferreira Pinto Da Silva, C. F., 21 Aug 2017

Supervisor: Ball, R. (Supervisor), Ansell, M. (Supervisor) & Dengel, A. (External person) (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


Photocatalytic coatings in the built environment

Author: Nuño, M., 18 Sep 2015

Supervisor: Ball, R. (Supervisor) & Bowen, C. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


Properties and performance of lime mortars for conservation: the role of binder chemistry and curing regime

Author: Figueiredo, C., 1 Jul 2018

Supervisor: Lawrence, R. (Supervisor) & Ball, R. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD

Study of carbonation in novel lime based materials

Author: Pesce, G., 2 Jun 2014

Supervisor: Ball, R. (Supervisor), Walker, P. (Supervisor) & Bowen, C. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD