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Dr. Carlos Moro

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Assistant Professor - Concrete Industry Management

Biography:

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.

Research interests:

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).

Recent publications:

  • 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.