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Dr Riccardo Maddalena

Dr Riccardo Maddalena

Lecturer

School of Engineering

Email
maddalenar@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 208 76 150
Campuses
Room E/1.22, Queen's Buildings - West Building, 5 The Parade, Newport Road, Cardiff, CF24 3AA
Users
Available for postgraduate supervision

Overview

#myself

I am a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Civil Engineering at Cardiff University. I am a Chartered Engineer (CEng) and a Chartered Scientist (CSci) with a focus on multidisciplinary applied research. I gained experience in automotive industry, civil engineering counsultancy firms and academia. I am currently Co-Investigator and Project Coordinator of the UKRI-EPSRC Resilient Materials 4 Life (RM4L) Programme Grant: an exciting and challenging opportunity to study and develop high-specs self-healing materials in construction industry.

I co-chair the School of Engineering Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity (EDI) committee. 

#myinterests

My main research activity is associated with the Materials 4 Life Research Group.  

My interests are on characterisation and durability of building materials, cement and concrete science, chemistry and engineering applications. I have experience in bench-scale and pilot scale experiment design. I use analytical techniques for bulk-scale and nano-scale characterisation studies (XRD, SEM, TGA/DSC, Raman and NMR spectroscopy, calorimetry, laser light scattering technique for PSD, MIP). 

I am also interested in carbon offsets and life cycle assessment (LCA) of innnovative infrastructure materials and engineering solutions. 

#myresearch

Past and ongoing research activities and interests:

  • low-carbon cements
  • self-healing and bio-mimetic infrastructure materials
  • recycled and recyclable building materials
  • radionuclide immobilisation into cement minerals
  • life cycle assessment and carbon footprint analysis
  • novel low-carbon (geo)materials
  • in-situ concrete repair solutions
  • in-situ and ex-situ thermal treatments of polluted soils and sediments.

#yourpapers

  • We are currently accepting contributions to a Special Issue on: "Biomimetic Infrastructure Materials: Towards a greener Future". More information on here. Deadline for Submission is 30/11/2021

#getintouch

Do you want to discuss your ideas with me? Get in touch via email or book directly an online meeting

Biography

#mystudies

  • 2018: PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK
  • 2018: PGCert in Researcher Professional Development, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK
  • 2013: Laurea Magistrale (MEng equivalent) in Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Catania, Catania, Italy
  • 2011: Laurea in Civil and Environmental Engineering (BEng equivalent), University of Catania, Catania, Italy

#myqualifications

  • 2019: Chartered Engineer (CEng), UK Engineering Council
  • 2019: Chartered Scientist (CSci), UK Science Council
  • 2019: Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA)
  • 2018: Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM), awarded by the Project Management Institute (PMI)
  • 2013: Ingegnere Civile ed Ambientale (Chartered Civil Engineer equivalent, Italian Engineering Council)

#HowDidIgetHere

  • 2020 - present: Lecturer in Civil Engineering at Cardiff University, UK
  • 2019: JSPS Postdoctoral fellow at Tohoku University, Japan
  • 2017 - 2020: Research Associate and RM4L Project Manager, Cardiff University, UK
  • 2017 - 2018: Visiting Researcher, University of Strathclyde, UK
  • 2017: Research Assistant, University of Strathclyde, UK
  • 2017: Visiting Researcher, Tsinghua University, PR China
  • 2011-2012: Civil Engineer, Technoside Srl, Italy
  • 2009-2010: Materials Engineer (intern), Akebono Brake Co. Ltd, Japan

Honours and awards

  • 2021: Cardiff University, School of Engineering Early Career Researcher (ECR) Fund
  • 2019: JSPS Fellowship at Tohoku University, Japan
  • 2018: Travel Grant - 2nd SARCOS (Self-healing As prevention Repair of COncrete Structures)-RILEM Training School, Skopje, FYR of Macedonia
  • 2018: Travel Grant - 1st SARCOS (Self-healing As prevention Repair of COncrete Structures) Training School, Lisbon, Portugal
  • 2017: Travel Grant - European Commission via the Marie Curie IRSES project GREAT– (Geotechnical and geological Responses to climate change: Exchanging Approaches and Technologies on a world-wide scale), Beijing, China
  • 2017: Research fund - Tsinghua University, Beijing, UK
  • 2016: Beam time (user) at UK National synchrotron facility DIAMOND Light Source Ltd, Oxfordshire, UK
  • 2016: Travel Grant - University of Strathclyde, Faculty of Engineering, Glasgow, UK
  • 2014: Remediation Technologies (REMTECH) Thesis Award, Ferrara, Italy
  • 2014: PhD Scholarship - EPSRC - DISTINCTIVE Consortium, Decommissioning, Immobilisation and Storage
    soluTIons for NuClear wasTe InVEntories
  • 2009: Vulcanus in Japan Internship, EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation.

Professional memberships

  • Member (MIMMM) of the Institute of Mineral, Materials and Mining (IOM3) since 2016
  • Member (MIET) of the Intitution of Engineering and Technology (IET) since 2016
  • Graduate Member (GMICE) of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) since 2015
  • RILEM Member since 2020.

Academic positions

  • 2020 - now: Lecturer, Cardiff University, UK
  • 2017 - 2020: Research Associate and Project Manager at Cardiff University, Cardiff, UK
  • 2019 - 2019: JSPS Postdoctoral Fellow, Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan.
  • 2017 - 2018: Visiting Researcher, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK
  • 2017 - 2017: Research Assistant, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK
  • 2017 - 2017: Visiting Researcher, Tsinghua University, Beijing, PR China
  • 2014 - 2017: Laboratory Demonstrator, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK

Speaking engagements

  • 2020: 40th Cement and Concrete Science Conference (CCS), Sheffield, UK
  • 2019: Seminar at the JSPS London Office, London, UK
  • 2019: 39th Cement and Concrete Science Conference (CCS), Bath, UK
  • 2019: Special Lecture at Tohoku University, Japan
  • 2019: ICSHM Conference, Yokohama, Japan
  • 2018: RAMS Conference, Cardiff, UK
  • 2018: National Construction EXPO, MIlton Keynes, London, UK
  • 2017: Seminar, School of Engineering, Newcastle University, Newcastle, UK
  • 2017: Seminar, Research Meeting of the Institute of Building Materials, Tsinghua University, Beijing, PR China.
  • 2016: 10th Structural Analysis of Historical Constructions (SAHC) Conference, Leuven, Belgium
  • 2016: 36th Cement and Concrete Science (CCS) Conference, Cardiff, UK
  • 2015: DISTINCTIVE Consortium, Conference, Sheffield, UK
  • 2015: 35th Cement and Concrete Science (CCS) Conference, Aberdeen, UK

Committees and reviewing

  • 2020: Member of Cardiff University Race Equality Supervisory Panel (RESP)
  • 2019 - present: Co-Chair of the Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity (EDI) Committee of School of ENGIN, Cardiff University, UK
  • 2020: Editor of 3 special issues for: ICE publishing, MDPI Sustainability and ASCE Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering
  • 2019: Member of Scientific Committee of the 39th International Cement and Concrete Science Conference, Bath - UK
  • 2018: Chair of the Organising Committee of the RM4L2020 International Conference in Sep 2021, UK
  • 2014 - present: Journal Reviewer for Elsevier, Springer, MDPI, ASCE, ICE

Publications

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Teaching

Academic Year 2020/2021

  • Materials and Construction (Bsc, Year 1)
  • 3rd Year project supervision
  • MSc project suprvision

Are you stuck with some calculations or you need a help with excersies and tutorials? Get in touch via email or book directly an online meeting

#contracts

Title People Funder Value Duration
Resilient Materials 4 Life (RM4L) AD Jefferson, DR Gardner, M Harbottle, IC Mihai, RE Davies, A Paul, R Maddalena, B Balzano UKRI-EPSRC £4,837,625 04/2017 - 04/2022
TETCRETE 2.0 R Maddalena, J Sweeney IAA-EPSRC £19,500 06/2021 - 02/2022
CCK (Circular Cement in Kenya) R Maddalena (Supervisor), E Latif (Co-supervisor), Joseph Marangu (Fellow) UKRI - GCRF £6,100 01/2021 - 04/2021
FISH (Fibre-reinforced Self-Healing) Concrete R Maddalena (Fellow), Tomoya Nishiwaki (Supervisor) JSPS £15,000 05/2019 - 08/2019

#internships

Title Student Funder Value Duration
Self-healing knotted Shape Memory Polymer Fibres (k-SMP) in cement Lorenzo Bonanno Cardiff University Other 05/2018 - 08/2018
Self-healing of cementitious materials Daniel Incorvaja CUROP £1,000 08/2019 - 09/2019
Hydrophobic coatings of mortar paste Robin Grosse INP-ENSIACET (France) Other 06/2020 - 08/2020
Sustainability of Smart Concrete (SSC) Zhening Huang On-Campus Internship (CUIP) £1,000 06/2020 - 08/2020

Do you want to discuss your ideas with me? Get in touch via email or book directly an online meeting

Supervision

I am available to supervise PhD students, project students (undergraduate and postgraduate), interns and visiting students on the following topics:

  • Self-healing concrete
  • Re-use of waste into concrete and mechanical behaviour
  • Thermal analysis and thermal imaging of cementitious materials
  • Chemistry of cement mortar and concrete
  • Water transport in concrete
  • Green low-carbon concrete
  • Life Cycle Assessment and carbon footprint of infrastructure materials
  • ...I am also open to other topics. 

Current PhD project opportunity: RE3: re-thinking, re-designing and re-cyling our built environment. More info here

Note: Prospective research students (PhD, EngD, MPhil, MRes) should investigate potential funding and/or scholarships before getting in touch. Recently the UK Government made available the Doctoral Student Loans of up to £26,000 for UK and EU students. Explore also the Environmental Research and Education Foundation (EREF) PhD scholarships

Do you want to discuss your ideas with me? Get in touch via email or book directly an online meeting

Past projects