Faculty Profile for Dr. Carlos Moro Martinez

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Dr. Carlos Moro Martinez
Assistant Professor — Department of Engineering Technology
RFM 4219
phone: (512) 245-1538

Biography Section

Biography and Education

Dr. Carlos Moro earned my bachelor’s and master’s degree in civil engineering from the University of A Coruna, Spain. After that, he worked in a consulting engineering company (specialized in building bridges and other big structures) for 2 years. In 2018, he started his Ph.D. at Purdue University, focusing on concrete and other cementitious materials. After completing his Ph.D. studies, he joined the Department of Engineering Technology (Concrete Industry Management program) in January 2022. His research focuses on studying new approaches to creating 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).

Teaching Interests

Concrete Materials
Statics and Strength
Life Cycle Assessment
Civil Engineering Materials

Research Interests

Sustainable multifunctional concrete and other cementitious composites.
Life cycle assessment
Artificial intelligence
Nanotechnology applied to concrete materials
Promotion of CO2 sequestration

Selected Scholarly/Creative Work

  • Salim, M. U., Mosaberpanah, M. A., Danish, A., Ahmad, N., Khalid, R. A., & Moro, C. (2023). Role of Bauxite Residue as a Binding Material and its Effect on Engineering Properties of Cementitious Composites: A Review. Construction and Building Materials, 409, 133844. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.conbuildmat.2023.133844
  • Moro, C., Francioso, V., Marina, L.-A., & Velay-Lizancos, M. (2023). CO2 curing of mortar with natural and recycled concrete aggregate: An environmental and economic assessment. Construction and Building Materials, 399, 132587. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.conbuildmat.2023.132587
  • Moro, C. (2023). Comparative Analysis of Multi-Criteria Decision Making and Life Cycle Assessment Methods for Sustainable Evaluation of Concrete Mixtures. Sustainability, 15(17), 12746. https://doi.org/10.3390/su151712746
  • Moro, C., Grout, J., & Gonzalez, B. (2023). Effect of Dual CO2 Technologies on the Properties of Mortars with Slag Cement. International Journal of Civil Engineering. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40999-023-00874-w
  • Moro, C., Francioso, V., Lopez-Arias, M., & Velay-Lizancos, M. (2022). The impact of CO2 uptake rate on the environmental performance of cementitious composites: A new dynamic Global Warming Potential analysis. Journal of Cleaner Production, 375, 134155. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2022.134155

Selected Awards

  • Award / Honor Recipient: TACA 2023 Innovative Concrete Competition. June 2023
  • Award / Honor Recipient: 2023 Sustainability Exposition at Texas State University. April 14, 2023
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Materials and Structures Best Reviewer Award 2022. 2022
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Estus H. And Vashti L. Magoon Award for Excellence in Teaching. January 2021 - May 2021
  • Award / Honor Recipient: William L. Dolch Graduate Scholarship. August 2020 - December 2020

Selected Grants

  • Moro, Carlos (Principal), Torres, Anthony S (Co-Principal), Espinoza Chavez, Wilson F (Co-Principal). Refinement of Reinforced Concrete Box Culvert Installation Guidelines, South Dakota Department of Transportation, Federal, $125000. (Funded: March 2024 - September 2025). Grant.
  • Torres, Anthony (Principal), Aguayo, Federico (Co-Principal), Shi, Xijun (Co-Principal), Moro, Carlos (Co-Principal), Espinoza, Wilson (Co-Principal). Developing a Performance-Based Concrete Overlay Mix Design for Improved Resistance to Early-Age Cracking and Increased Durability, Texas Department of Transportation, State, $700370. (Funded: September 2023 - August 2026). Grant.
  • Moro, Carlos (Principal). Use of Non-Destructive Techniques (NDT) to enhance the learning process in Concrete Industry Management (CIM) courses, CIM Patrons Group, Private / Foundation / Corporate, $8000. (Funded: January 2023 - May 2023). Grant.
  • Shi, Xijun (Principal), Torres, Anthony S (Co-Principal), Moro Martinez, Carlos (Co-Principal). Cracking-resistant concrete for durable coastal structures, CREATE UTC, Texas State University, $92181. (Submitted: November 2023, Funded: September 2024 - Present). Grant.
  • Moro, Carlos (Principal). Active Carbonation of Cement-Based Materials to Enhance Global Sustainability, Texas State University, Texas State University, $8000. (Funded: January 2023 - Present). Grant.

Selected Service Activities

Voting Member
ACI Committee 130-H: Climate Change Impacts on the Sustainability of Concrete
Sustainability Council
August 2023-Present
Graduate Faculty
Undergraduate Advising
Reviewer / Referee
Journal of Cleaner Production