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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 PhD

  • 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

20092013

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

20082009

Chemistry, Bachelor of Science, Universidad de Alicante

20032008

External positions

Fellow, The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3)

2016 → …

Keywords

  • 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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Projects 2015 2021

Eco-LWG: Eco-lightweight granules for energy efficient applications

Ferrandiz-Mas, V.

1/08/158/01/17

Project: Project at a former HEIIndividual grant

Research Output 2009 2018

1 Citations

Mechanical and thermal properties of lightweight geopolymer composites

Ferrandiz-Mas, V. 1 Feb 2018 In : Cement & Concrete Composites. 86, p. 266-272

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Geopolymers
Composite materials
Polystyrenes
Mechanical properties
Marble

The mechanism of hydration of MgO-hydromagnesite blends

Kuenzel, C., Zhang, F., Ferrandiz-Mas, V., Cheeseman, C. R. & Gartner, E. M. 1 Jan 2018 In : Cement and Concrete Research. 103, p. 123-129 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Hydration
Calcite
Compressive strength
Raman spectroscopy
Water
Clay
Pore structure
Environmental impact
Raw materials
Adsorption
4 Citations

Design of bespoke lightweight cement mortars containing waste expanded polystyrene by experimental statistical methods

Ferrándiz-Mas, V., Sarabia, L. A., Ortiz, M. C., Cheeseman, C. R. & García-Alcocel, E. 5 Jan 2016 In : Materials & Design. 89, p. 901-912 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Mortar
Polystyrenes
Cements
Silica sand
Compressive strength

Optimising the bioreceptivity of porous glass tiles based on colonization by the alga Chlorella vulgaris

Ferrándiz-Mas, V., Bond, T., Zhang, Z., Melchiorri, J. & Cheeseman, C. R. 1 Sep 2016 In : Science of the Total Environment. 563-564, p. 71-80 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Tile
glass
Glass
colonization
Algae