Research and expertise

I am a civil engineer with more than 10 years of experience in concrete technology and civil infrastructure research.

I conduct research in advanced cementitious composites (fibre reinforced concrete, ultra-high performance concrete, sprayed concrete and self-healing concrete), diagnosis and repair of civil infrastructure (concrete dams and tunnels).

I have participated in 6 publicly-funded, peer-reviewed research grants worth £0.97 M on topics related to advanced cementitious composites and infrastructure. I have published over 30 refereed publications and supervised PhD dissertations to successful completion and ongoing dissertations. Since 2009 I have participated in or led 20+ enterprise projects worth more than £0.71 M with major stakeholders in the construction sector, addressing issues related to my research field. I am a member of several scientific committees in international organisations about infrastructure and advanced materials.

I welcome enquiries from postgraduates who wish to study for a PhD in my research areas.

Current research activity 

Recently completed research projects 

  • MAPMIT (RTC-2015-3185-4): Sprayed multi-functional materials for reinforcement and monitoring of transport infrastructures (Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness) https://www.atem.upc.edu/mapmit/
  • CONSFIB (BIA2010-17478): Construction processes with fibre reinforced concrete (Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness)

Recent publications

Teaching

I contribute to learning and teaching activities across the School's programmes, including:

Undergraduate

  • Structural engineering & Engineering materials modules in the civil engineering programmes;
  • Integrated design project; and
  • Supervision of dissertations on topics aligned to my research interests

Postgraduate

  • Supervision of dissertations on topics aligned to my research interests

Enterprise

Current projects 

  • Development of advanced cementitious composites in the UK (Thorp Precast Ltd)
  • Assessment of the durability in tunnel segments – Phases I (Acciona-Ghella Joint Venture)

Recently completed projects

  • Optimised quality control for fibre reinforced concrete (Ghella S.p.A, Norway)
  • Conductive concrete for protection against lightning (Ingesco, Spain)
  • Evaluation of the state of concrete dams of the UPH Ebro-Pirineos, Spain (Endesa-Enel, Spain)
  • Development of high-performance concrete and mortar for Sagrada Familia, Spain (The Foundation of the Temple of Sagrada Familia, Spain)

Profile

I received my BSc and MSc in Civil Engineering from Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya (UPC) in Spain. I then conducted research in concrete technology at UPC and Delft University of Technology (The Netherlands) and was awarded a PhD in 2013 for an investigation on the characterisation and modelling of fibre reinforced cementitious composites.

This was followed by three years as a postdoctoral researcher at UPC, involving research and enterprise projects in hydraulic infrastructure maintenance and development of high-performance cementitious composites for underground infrastructure. In 2015, I co-founded a spin-out company that develops enhanced cementitious materials and provides advanced design and maintenance solutions for civil and urban infrastructure. I joined the spin-out company as a project leader in 2017 while combining my part-time research at UPC. 

In February 2018, I joined the School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering (ABCE) at Loughborough University as a Lecturer in Infrastructure Engineering. I am a member of the Structures and Materials Group and the Enterprise Committee.

Professional affiliations

  • Member, Technical Committee of BSI B/517/11 Fibres for concrete
  • Member, Spanish Association of Structural Engineering (ACHE)
  • Member, Committee of Concrete Dams of the Spanish National Committee on Large Dams (SPANCOLD)
  • Graduate Member of The Institution of Civil Engineers
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

Awards

  • Torres Quevedo 2017 (Spanish Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities)
  • BE-DGR Studentship 2011 (Agency for Management of University and Research Grants, AGAUR)
  • FI-DGR Studentship 2010-2013 (Agency for Management of University and Research Grants, AGAUR)

External activities

  •  Reviewer of the British Council Newton Fund (2018-present)
  • External examiner, PhD programme of the Polytechnic School at Universidade de Sao Paulo, Brazil (2019-present)
  • Guest lecturer at the MSc Programme ‘Management and Safety of Dams and Basins’ directed by SPANCOLD and certified by the Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Spain (2016-2018)
  • Member, Task Group TG1.6 for Ultra-High-Performance Fibre Reinforced Concrete of ACHE (2016-2018)

Key collaborators

My research and enterprise activities are conducted with a range of academic and stakeholder partners, including:

  • Universities: University of Leeds (UK); Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, Universidad de Leon (Spain); Universidade de Sao Paulo, Universidade Federal do Parana, Universidade Sao Judas Tadeu (Brazil); Universidad de la Republica (Uruguay); Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (Mexico)
  • Industry: Mott MacDonald, Thorp Precast, IQE, BASF
  • Graduate Member of The Institution of Civil Engineers
  • Member, International Federation for Structural Concrete (fib)
  • Member, Spanish Association of Structural Engineering (ACHE)
  • Member, Committee of Concrete Dams of the Spanish National Committee on Large Dams (SPANCOLD)