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Research interests

Richard’s research interests are focused on microstructure/macrostructure property relationships of construction materials.  He has worked on the setting reactions of cementitious binders, 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 principle investigator on the research project ‘An overlooked heritage: revealing the fibrous plaster ceilings of the UK’, which is funded by the Leverhulme Trust.  In addition, he was a co-investigator on the EPSRC research grants ‘Aerial Additive Building Manufacturing: Distributed Unmanned Aerial Systems for in-situ manufacturing of the built environment’, 'Resilient Materials for Life (RM4L)', and 'Healthy housing for the Displaced'.  He was the principal investigator on the EPSRC grants ‘An Electrochemical Approach to Study Carbonation of Novel Lime Based Materials’ and ‘Experimentally verified atomistic modeling of lime in construction materials’.  He has received funding from the Royal Academy of Engineering, the British Council, and the Royal Society.

He is secretary of the West of England Metals and Materials Association and a member of the Bristol Scientific Club.

Willing to supervise doctoral students

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

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

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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