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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

Healthy Housing for the Displaced

Coley, D., Adeyeye, K., Ball, R., Copping, A., Holley, J., Natarajan, S. & Orr, J.


Project: Research council

RM4L - Resilient Materials for Life

Paine, K., Ball, R., Heath, A., Tan, L. & Tzoura, E.


Project: Research council

Autonomous Aerial Robotic Manufacturing

Ball, R., Shepherd, P. & Williams, C.


Project: Research council


Research Output 1998 2019

Laboratory characterization of brick walls rendered with a pervious lime-cement mortar

Palomar, I., Barluenga, G., Ball, R. & Lawrence, R., 31 May 2019, In : Journal of Building Engineering. 23, p. 241-249 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

1 Citation (Scopus)

Olivine as a reactive aggregate in lime mortars

Westgate, P., Ball, R. & Paine, K., 20 Jan 2019, In : Construction and Building Materials. 195, p. 115-126 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

2 Citations (Scopus)

Sol gel graphene/TiO2 nanoparticles for the photocatalytic-assisted sensing and abatement of NO2

Giampiccolo, A., Tobaldi, D. M., Leonardi, S., Murdoch, B., Seabra, P., Ansell, M., Neri, G. & Ball, R., 1 Apr 2019, In : Applied Catalysis B: Environmental. 243, p. 183-194 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Solid-gas phase photo-catalytic behaviour of rutile and TiOn (1<n<2) sub-oxide phases for self-cleaning applications

Nuño, M., Adamaki, V., Tobaldi, D. M., Hortigüela Gallo, M., Otero-Irurueta, G., Bowen, C. & Ball, R., 7 Jan 2019, In : Materials. 12, 1, 15 p., 170.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Cementitious mortars and polyurethane foams for additive building manufacturing

Dams, B., Peng, J., Shepherd, P. & Ball, R., 9 Apr 2018, p. 103-107. 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Open Access
3D printers


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

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


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


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


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

Grant, R. (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