I work as a researcher since 2004, when I finished my Master in Civil Engineering at the University of Castilla-la Mancha and started my PhD at the University of Cantabria, both in Spain. During my doctorate I proposed the first effective method for knowing the times of polishing industrial concrete pavements. In 2008 I moved to the TU Delft, in the Netherlands, as a postdoc. There I created the first technologies to improve the self-healing properties of asphalt concrete. In 2011, I moved to Empa, in Switzerland where after one year, I became responsible for thematic area "Innovative and Multifunctional Pavements" (EMPave) at the Road Engineering and Sealing components laboratory. The objective of this thematic area was to solve common road problems through unconventional modifications of the pavement. I work at the University of Nottingham since November 2013.
I am a member of the Nottingham Transportation Engineering Centre research group.
I teach Transportation Infrastructure Engineering MSc: Sustainable Highways / Sustainable Railways courses.
My research interests are:
1. Optimisation of current pavement materials and structures. Points to study will be the optimisation of porosity, texture, stability, and strength of asphalt, through the careful selection of aggregate gradations, binders, and additives to reach the highest durability at the lowest possible cost. In our Institute, we will prioritise studying the noise, visual, thermal or particulate and chemical contamination caused by current or future pavement materials and structures and, how to minimise them by optimising the design of materials and construction and maintenance processes.
2. Automation of construction and maintenance techniques. This will imply interpreting data from periodical inspections of roads to predict degradation and selecting the right maintenance processes; also, using robotics to automate the maintenance of roads. This area merges with the previous one, since understanding roads' degradation will allow designing optimised pavements.
3. Development of novel types of materials and structures, which includes developing optimised materials and pavement structures that consume less energy and integrating new functionalities in the materials and the structures (so-called 'smart' behavior), such as self-control, self-healing, energy harvesting or the ability to re-adapt themselves to the environmental conditions, imitating the efficiency of biological systems and delivering significant, and measured, environmental benefits.
GARCIA-HERNANDEZ, A., MICHOT-ROBERTO, S., DOPAZO-HILARIO, S., CHIARELLI, A. and DAWSON, A., 2021. Creation of realistic virtual aggregate avatars POWDER TECHNOLOGY. 378, 760-771
CHEN, S., YOU, Z., YANG, S. L., GARCIA, A. and ROSE, L., 2021. Influence of air void structures on the coefficient of permeability of asphalt mixtures: Powder Technology Powder Technology. 377, 1-9