Dr. Carlos Moro
Assistant Professor - Concrete Industry Management
I am a civil engineer from A Coruna, Spain. I earned my bachelor’s and master’s degree in civil engineering from the University of A Coruna, Spain. After that, I have worked in a consulting engineering company (specialized in building bridges and other big structures) for 1.5 years. In 2018, I have started my Ph.D. at Purdue University focusing on concrete and other cementitious materials. In December 2021, I have successfully completed my Ph.D. studies, joining the Department of Engineering Technology (Concrete Industry Management program) in January 2022.
My research focuses on studying new approaches to create sustainable multifunctional concrete and other cementitious composites. The research highlights the importance of adopting a holistic approach in terms of its life cycle assessment, with three main pillars that should be considered to move towards a zero-impact sustainable concrete: (i) the composite performance, (ii) the impact during production (impact of materials used and potential valorization of wastes), and (iii) the effects during the service life (such as photocatalytic and self-cleaning effect and CO2 uptake).
- C. Moro, V. Francioso and M. Velay-Lizancos (2021). ‘Impact of nano-TiO2 addition on the reduction of net CO2 emissions of cement pastes after CO2 curing.’ Cement and Concrete Composites, vol. 123, p. 104160. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cemconcomp.2021.104160.
- C. Moro, V. Francioso and M. Velay-Lizancos (2021). ‘Modification of CO2 capture and pore structure of hardened cement paste made with nano-TiO2 addition: Influence of water-to-cement ratio and CO2 exposure age.’ Construction and Building Materials, vol. 275, p. 122131. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.conbuildmat.2020.122131.
- C. Moro, H. El-Fil, V. Francioso and M. Velay-Lizancos (2020). ‘Influence of water-to-binder ratio on the optimum percentage of nano-TiO2 addition in terms of compressive strength of mortars: A laboratory and virtual experimental study based on ANN model.’ Construction and Building Materials, vol. 275, p. 122131. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.conbuildmat.2020.120960.
- C. Moro, V. Francioso, M. Schager and M. Velay-Lizancos (2020). ‘TiO2 nanoparticles influence on the environmental performance of natural and recycled mortars: A life cycle assessment.’ Environmental Impact Assessment Review, vol. 84, p. 106430. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.eiar.2020.106430.
- V. Francioso, C. Moro, and M. Velay-Lizancos (2021). ‘Effect of recycled concrete aggregate (RCA) on mortar's thermal conductivity susceptibility to variations of moisture content and ambient temperature.’ Journal of Building Engineering, vol. 43, p. 103208. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jobe.2021.103208.
- V. Francioso, C. Moro, A. Castillo, and M. Velay-Lizancos (2020). ‘Effect of elevated temperature on flexural behavior and fibers-matrix bonding of recycled PP fiber-reinforced cementitious composite.’ Construction and Building Materials, vol. 269, p. 121243. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.conbuildmat.2020.121243.
- C. Moro, V. Francioso and M. Velay-Lizancos (2020). ‘Nano-TiO2 effects on high temperature resistance of recycled mortars.’ Journal of Cleaner Production, vol. 263, p. 121581. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2020.121581.
- V. Francioso, C. Moro, I. Martinez-Lage, and M. Velay-Lizancos (2019). ‘Curing temperature: A key factor that changes the effect of TiO2 nanoparticles on mechanical properties, calcium hydroxide formation and pore structure of cement mortars.’ Cement and Concrete Composites., vol. 104, p. 103374. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cemconcomp.2019.103374.