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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.

#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 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)
  • 2011: Ingegnere Junior Civile ed Ambientale (Incorporated Engineer equivalent, Italian Engineering Council)

#HowDidIgetHere

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

Honours and awards

  • 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

  • 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: DISTINCTIVE Consortium, Theme 4 Meeting, Penrith, UK
  • 2016: 10th Structural Analysis of Historical Constructions (SAHC) Conference, Leuven, Belgium
  • 2016: 36th Cement and Concrete Science (CCS) Conference, Cardiff, UK
  • 2015: DISTINCTIVE Consortium, Theme 4 Meeting, Glasgow, UK
  • 2015: DISTINCTIVE Consortium, Conference, Sheffield, UK
  • 2015: 35th Cement and Concrete Science (CCS) Conference, Aberdeen, UK
  • 2014: DISTINCTIVE Consortium, Theme 4 Meeting, Glasgow, UK

Committees and reviewing

  • 2020: Member of Cardiff University Race Equality Supervisory Panel (RESP)
  • 2020: Editor of 3 special issues for: ICE publishing, MDPI Sustainability and ASCE Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering
  • 2019 - present: Co-Chair and Member of the Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity (EDI) Committee of School of ENGIN, Cardiff University, UK
  • 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 in Cambridge, UK
  • 2014 - 2017: PhD Students' Representative for Health & Safety in the laboratories (Chemistry, Microbiology, Geotechnical and ConcreteLabs), University of Strathclyde, Glasgow - UK
  • 2014 - 2017: PhD Students' Representative at the Department Postgraduate Studies Committee, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow - UK
  • 2014 - present: Journal Reviewer for:
    • Journal of Cleaner Production (Elsevier)
    • European Journal of Civil and Environmental Engineering (Taylor & Francis)
    • Journal of Soils and Sediments (Springer)
    • Separation and Purification Technology (Elsevier)
    • Science of the Total Environment (Elsevier)
    • Structures and Buildings (ICE)
    • Construction and Building Materials (Elsevier)
    • Cement and Concrete Research (Elsevier)
    • Thermochimica Acta (Elsevier)
    • Journal of Building Engineering (Elsevier)
    • Materials Today (Elsevier) 
    • Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering (ASCE)
    • Materials (MDPI)
    • Sustainability (MDPI).

Publications

2020

2019

2018

2017

2016

Teaching

Academic Year 2020/2021

Materials and Construction

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

#myresearch

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 of innnovative infrastructure materials and engineering solutions. 

Past and ongoing research activities and interests:

  • 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. 

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. 

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. 

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