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Ignacio Nilo Ruiz Riancho

Chair and Institute of Highway Engineering


Building: 2130 Bauingenieurwesen

Mies-van-der-Rohe-Str. 1

52074 Aachen


Professional Career

Since 2023

Postdoctoral Researcher at the Chair and Institute of Highway Engineering, RWTH Aachen University, Germany

2021 – 2023

Engineer at AECOM, United Kingdom

2017 – 2021

Marie Curie Research Fellow (SMARTI ETN) at University of Nottingham, United Kingdom


Dynasol Elastomers, Spain

2014 - 2015

Research Assistant at the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department at University of Cantabria, Spain

Research Focus

  • Self-healing Materials
  • Sustainable Pavement and Construction Materials
  • Advanced Materials

Collaboration in Research Committees, Professional Associations and Federations

Teaching Tasks



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Publication (Journals)

  • Garcia-Hernández, S. Salih, N. Ruiz-Riancho, J. Norambuena-Contreras, R. Hudson-Griffiths, and B. Gomez-Meijide, ‘Self-healing of reflective cracks in asphalt mixtures by the action of encapsulated agents’, Constr. Build. Mater., vol. 252, p. 118929, 2020.
  • N. Ruiz-Riancho, A. Alexiadis, Z. Zhang, A. Garcia-Hernandez, ‘A discrete multi-physics model to simulate fluid-structure interaction and breakage of capsules filled with liquid under coaxial load’, Processes, vol. 9, no. 2:354, 2021.
  • N. Ruiz-Riancho, D. Grossegger, T. Saadoon, A. Garcia, R. Hudson-Griffiths, ‘Properties of Ca-alginate capsules to maximize asphalt self-healing properties’, Constr. Build. Mater., vol. 284, 122728, 2021.
  • N. Ruiz-Riancho, T. Saadoon, A. Garcia, D. Grossegger, R. Hudson-Griffiths, ‘Optimisation of self-healing properties for asphalts containing encapsulated oil to mitigate reflective cracking and maximize skid and rutting resistance’, Constr. Build. Mater., vol. 300, 123879, 2021.

Publications (Conferences)

  • J. Norambuena-Contreras, B. Gomez-Meijide, T. Al-Mansoori, E. Erkut, N. Ruiz-Riancho, Q. Liu, J-F. Su, A. Garcia, ‘Self-healing capability of asphalt mixtures using encapsulatedrejuvenators: an experimental approach by fatigue tests’, 1st International conference ofSustainable Mega Infrastructures and 3rd International conference of Sustainable Construction Materials (SMI and SCM 2018), Wuhan, China, 2018.
  • N. Ruiz-Riancho, T. Saadoon, A. Garcia, R. Hudson-Griffiths, ‘Enhanced self-healing properties in stone mastic asphalt with encapsulated bitumen rejuvenators’, RILEM International Symposium on Bituminous Materials, Lyon, France, 2021.
  • N. Ruiz-Riancho, LT.Pineiro, MA. Abdalla, A. Garcia, ‘Encapsulated bitumen rejuvenators for reflective cracking and ravelling mitigation’, 11th International Conference on the Bearing Capacity of Roads, Railways and Airfields (BCRRA), Trondheim, Norway, 2022.

Other Publications

  • J. Norambuena-Contreras, Q. Liu, A. Gonzalez, A. Guarin, N. Ruiz-Riancho, A. Garcia, B. Wacker, J. L. Concha, ‘Chapter 4. Advances in self-healing bituminous materials: from concept to large-scale application’. Kanellopoulos, A., Norambuena-Contreras, J. (Editors), ‘Self-Healing Construction Materials: Fundamentals, Monitoring and Large-Scale Application’, Springer., 2022.