IGNACIO NILO

RUIZ RIANCHO

ESR 1

“REJUCAPHALT”
Encapsulated rejuvenators for asphalt mixture

WHO AM I?

Nilo was born in Ontaneda, a small village in the north of Spain. He completed his BSc in Chemical Engineering obtaining the “Final degree award” by the University of Cantabria due to his academic record (2015). Nilo had his first contact with the research world exploiting a fellowship from Spanish Ministry of Education, during that period, he developed his final degree project which was awarded the best final degree project in Chemical Engineering by the University of Cantabria (2015). Shortly after the BSc, he carried out an interuniversity MSc in Chemical Engineering in University of Cantabria and University of Basque Country (2017). Before finishing his university studies, Nilo had the great chance of completing the Master thesis in Dynasol Elastomers, one of the most important manufacturers of rubber in Europe.

MY PROJECT

“REJUCAPHALT” Encapsulated rejuvenators for asphalt mixture

The objective of this project is to develop and analyse the effect of capsules on the durability and performance of asphalt mixtures. With this purpose, (1) different triggers to release the capsules content, such as chemical degradation from water or oxygen, and mechanical loading will be computationally analysed in modelled capsules; (2) capsules with the selected properties will be developed and characterised; (3) the effect of capsules on the durability of asphalts will be characterised in small scale experiments.

The University of Nottingham provides their expertise with laboratory testing, while REPSOL provides expertise from chemistry and bitumen-testing together with industrial info for the analysis of the effect of capsules in bitumen, and Highways England Ltd gives the ESR with the chance to gain site experience.

Dr Alvaro Garcia (The University of Nottingham) alvaro.garcia@nottingham.ac.uk

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