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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 doctoral students

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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Research Output

Open Access
  • 1 Citation (Scopus)
    82 Downloads (Pure)

    Utilisation of waste marble dust for improved durability and cost efficiency of pozzolanic concrete

    Ince, C., Hamza, A., Derogar, S. & Ball, R., 16 Jun 2020, In : Journal of Cleaner Production. 270, 61 p., 122213.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
    1303 Downloads (Pure)

    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., 31 Oct 2019, In : Soils and Foundations. 59, 5, p. 1552-1561 35 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    3 Citations (Scopus)

    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


    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


    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


    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



    Cementitious and polymeric materials for aerial additive manufacturing

    Author: Dams, B., 17 Jun 2020

    Supervisor: Ball, R. (Supervisor) & Shepherd, P. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD

    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