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Research interests

Veronica investigates 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. 

Veronica's research necessitates an interdisciplinary approach, involving methods and collaborators from Materials Science, Chemistry, Physics, 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:

  • Materials for energy efficiency and thermal comfort in buildings; including phase change materials, thermal insulation materials and porous materials
  • Sustainable construction materials made by reusing (waste) by-products, with a special focus in low carbon binders and lightweight aggregates
  • Biotechnology for improving material durability and reducing carbon footprint

Willing to supervise doctoral students

  • 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

Education/Academic qualification

Sustainable Architecture, Doctor of Philosophy


Award Date: 16 Jul 2013

Chemistry, Bachelor of Science, Universidad de Alicante


Award Date: 1 Dec 2008

Engineering of Materials, Water and Soil, Master of Engineering, Universidad de Alicante


External positions

Fellow, Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining

2016 → …


  • QD Chemistry
  • Materials Sustainability
  • Phase change materials
  • Energy effciency
  • TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
  • Building behaviour
  • Building materials
  • Concrete Technology

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Research Output

Hybrid Fly Ash-Based Geopolymeric Foams: Microstructural, Thermal and Mechanical Properties

roviello, G., Ricciotti, L., Molino, A. J., Menna, C., Ferone, C., Asprone, D., Cioffi, R., Ferrandiz-Mas, V., Russo, P. & Tarallo, O., 29 Jun 2020, In : Materials. 13, 13, 2919.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Open Access
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Manufacture of lightweight aggregate granules containing phase change materials

Wadee, A., Walker, P., McCullen, N. & Ferrandiz-Mas, V., 9 Sep 2019, 39th Cement and Concrete Science Conference 2019. Ball, R. & Dams, B. (eds.). Bath, UK: University of Bath, p. 33 38 p. 014

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