Universidad de Málaga
Research lines and interest (updated April 2016)

Broad interest in solid state inorganic chemistry.

Former responsible of the UMA: 'Applied Crystallochemistry' 
Research Group

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2009, 2010, 2011

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Expert in powder diffraction using laboratory X-ray, synchrotron radiation and neutrons.
Scientific responsible of the X-ray powder diffraction laboratory of the Research Services, SCAI, of University of Malaga, which under the management of Dr. Laura León-Reina gives support to research for public institutions and service to industries.

TASKS           PAPERS           EMAILS

1. Use of large facilities (X-ray synchrotron and neutrons) for the characterization of relevant materials.
1.1. For the characterization of clinkering and hydration of cements:

Aranda, M.A.G. “Recent studies of cements and concretes by synchrotron radiation crystallographic and cognate methods” Crystallography Reviews, 2016, 22, pp 150–196. doi: 10.1080/0889311X.2015.1070260

Cuesta, A.; Santacruz, I.; Sanfelix, S.G.; Fauth, F.; Aranda, M.A.G. ; De la Torre, A.G. “Hydration of C4AF in the presence of other phases: a synchrotron X-ray powder diffraction study” Construction Building Materials, 2015, 101, pp 818–827. doi: 10.1016/j.conbuildmat.2015.10.114

Alvarez-Pinazo, G.; et al. “In-situ early-age hydration study of sulfobelite cements by synchrotron powder diffraction” Cement and Concrete Research, 2014, 56, pp 12–19. doi: 10.1016/j.cemconres.2013.10.009

Cuesta, A.; Alvarez-Pinazo, G.; Sanfélix, S. G.; Peral, I.; Aranda, M.A.G.; De la Torre, A.G. “Hydration mechanisms of two polymorphs of synthetic ye’elimite” Cement and Concrete Research, 2014, 63, pp 127–136. doi: 10.1016/j.cemconres.2014.05.010

De la Torre A.G. et al. “In-situ diffraction study of belite sulfoaluminate  clinkering” Journal of Synchrotron Radiation, 2011, 18, 506-514.

Martín-Sedeño, M.C. et al. “Aluminum-rich belite sulfoaluminate cements. Clinkering and early age hydration” Cement and Concrete Research, 2010, 40, 359-369.


1.2.  Coherent diffraction imaging by ptychographic X-ray computed nanotomography in collaboration with Ana Diaz (SLS - PSI, Switzerland).

Paper in progress

1.3. Bragg coherent diffraction imaging (Bragg-CDI) in collaboration with Prof. Ian Robinson (UCL - London).

Liu, X.; Aranda, M.A.G.; Chen, B.; Wang, P.; Harder, R.; Robinson. I. “In Situ Bragg Coherent Diffraction Imaging Study of a Cement Phase Microcrystal during Hydration’ Crystal Growth and Design, 2015, 15, pp 3087-3091

Aranda, M.A.G. et al. “Coherent X-ray diffraction investigation of twinned microcrystals” Journal of Synchrotron Radiation, 2010, 17, 751-760.

1.4. Cultural Heritage

Salvadó, N.; Butí, S.; Aranda, M.A.G.; Pradell, T. “New insights on blue pigments used in 15th Century paintings by Synchrotron Radiation micro FTIR and XRD” Analytical Methods, 2014, 6, pp 3610–3621. doi: 10.1039/C4AY00424H



2. Industrial materials in collaboration with Dr. María de los Ángeles Gómez de la Torre.
2.1. Commercial materials including Portland cements, ceramics, pigments, raw materials, etc.
2.1.1. Mineralogical phase analysis by the Rietveld method.
2.1.2. Fabrication of new clinkers/cements for reducing CO2 emissions (belite and sulfobelite cements).
2.1.3. Hydration of cements.
2.1.4. Clinkering processes.

2.2. International collaborations:
2.2.1. Key Laboratory of Advanced Civil Engineering Materials, Tongji University, China. Quantitative phase analysis of cements.

2.2.2. Prof. Herbert Poellman, University of Halle, Germany. Calorimetry and environmental-SEM characterization of cement pastes.

2.3. National collaborations:
2.3.1. Prof. Maria Teresa Blaco, Prof. Francisca Puertas, Prof. Angel Palomo. Instituto de Ciencias de la Construcción Eduardo Torroja, CSIC, Spain.
2.3.2. Dr. Luis Miguel Ordoñez, AIDICO, Spain

Representative recent publication(s):
García-Maté, M.;et al. “Effect of calcium sulphate source on the hydration of calcium sulfoaluminate eco-cement” Cement and Concrete Composites, 2015, 55, pp 53–61. doi: 10.1016/j.cemconcomp.2014.08.003

Garcia-Mate, M.; et al., “Amorphous content determination in calcium sulfoaluminate related materials by external and internal standard methodologies” Advanced Concrete Research, 2015, 27, pp 417–423. doi: 10.1680/adcr.14.00026

Cuesta, A.; De la Torre, A.G.; Losilla E.R.; Santacruz, I.; Aranda, M.A.G. “Pseudo-cubic crystal structure and phase transition in doped ye'elimite” Crystal Growth and Design, 2014, 14, pp 5158-5163. doi: 10.1021/cg501290q

Cuesta, A.; et al. “Structure, atomistic simulations, and phase transition of stoichiometric yeelimite” Chemistry of Materials, 2013, 25, pp 1680-1687. doi:  10.1021/cm400129z

Cuesta, A. et al. “Reactive belite stabilization mechanisms by boron-bearing dopants” Cement and Concrete Research, 2012, 42, 598-606.

Cuberos, A.J.M. et al. “Iron-rich calcium sulfoaluminate cements: Clinkering and Hydration” Environmental Science & Technology, 2010,
44, 6855-6862.

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