Mountain rocks – sea water interface. Calanque, France.

Peer-reviewed Publications


  • Mengwei Han, Rosa M. Espinosa-Marzal. Strong Stretching of Poly(Ethylene Glycol) Brushes Mediated by Ionic Liquid Solvation. The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters (2017), DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpclett.7b01451.
  • Tooba Shoaib, Prathima C. Nalam, Yichen He, Yuting Chen, Rosa M. Espinosa-Marzal. Assembly, morphology, diffusivity and indentation of hydrogel-supported lipid bilayers, Langmuir, (2017),  DOI: 10.1021/acs.langmuir.7b01062.
  • L. Andres Jurado, Rosa M. Espinosa-Marzal. Molecular Insight into the Electrical Double Layer of Graphene, Scientific Reports 7, (2017).
  • Manfred Heuberger, Zita Zachariah, Nicholas D. Spencer, Rosa M. Espinosa-Marzal. Collective Dehydration of Ions in Nano-Pores, Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, DOI: 10.1039/C7CP01439B (2017).
  • Zita Zachariah, Rosa M. Espinosa-Marzal, Manfred Heuberger. Ion specific hydration in Nano-confined Electrical Double Layers, Journal of Colloid & Interface Science, DOI: 10.1016/j.jcis.2017.07.039 (2017).
  • Tooba Shoaib, Ariel Carmichael, R. E. Corman, Yun Shen, Helen Nguyen, Randy H. Ewoldt, Rosa M. Espinosa-Marzal. Self-Adaptive Hydrogels to Mineralization, DOI: 10.1039/C7SM01058C, Soft Matter (2017).
  • Yijue Diao, Mengwei Han, Josue A. Lopez Berganza, Lauren Valentino, Benito Marinas and Rosa M. Espinosa-Marzal. Reconciling DLVO and non-DLVO forces and their implications for ion rejection by a polyamide membrane, Langmuir, DOI: 10.1021/acs.langmuir.7b02306 (2017).
  • Josue A. Lopez-Berganza, Ruofan Song, Ahmed Elbanna, Rosa M. Espinosa-Marzal, Calcium Carbonate with Nanogranular Microstructure yields Enhanced Toughness, submitted (2017).
  • Tooba Shoaib, Joerg Heintz, Josue A. Lopez-Berganza, Raymundo Muro-Barrios, Simon Egner, Rosa M. Espinosa-Marzal. Stick-slip friction reveals hydrogel lubrication mechanisms, submitted (2017).
  • Yun Shen, Pin Chieh Huang, Conghui Huang, Guillermo L. Monroy, Wenjing Wu, Jie Lin, Rosa M. Espinosa-Marzal, Stephen A. Boppart, Wen-Tso Liu, Thanh H. Nguyen. Effect of water hardness and a scale inhibitor on composition, structure, and stiffness of simulated drinking water biofilms, submitted (2017).

Book chapter:

  • Rosa M. Espinosa-Marzal, Mengwei Han, Andrea Arcifa, Antonella Rossi, Nicholas D. Spencer. Ionic Liquids at Interfaces and their Tribological Behaviour. Book Chapter for the Encyclopedia of Interfacial Chemistry: Surface Science and Electrochemistry, Elsevier. (2017)


  • Yijue Diao, Rosa M. Espinosa-Marzal, Molecular Insight into the Nanoconfined Calcite-Solution Interface.  Proceedings National Academy of Sciences, 113(43), 12047-12052, 2016.
  • Josue Lopez-Berganza, Rosa M. Espinosa-Marzal. Mechanistic approach to predict the combined effects of additives and surface templates on calcium carbonate mineralization. Crystal Growth&Design, 16 (11), 6186–6198, 2016.
  • Zita Zachariah, Rosa M. Espinosa-Marzal, Nicholas D. Spencer, Manfred Heuberger. Stepwise collapse of highly overlapping Electrical Double Layers. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 18, 24417-24427, 2016.
  • Andres Jurado, Hojun Kim, Antonella Rossi, Andrea Arcifa, Jonathon K. Schuh, Nicholas D. Spencer, Cecilia Leal, Randy H. Ewoldt, Rosa M. Espinosa-Marzal. Effect of the environmental humidity on the bulk, interfacial and nanoconfined properties of an ionic liquid. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 18 (32), 22719-22730, 2016.
  • Manjesh K. Singh, Patrick Ilg, Rosa Maria Espinosa-Marzal, Nicholas D.  Spencer, Martin Kröger, Influence of Chain Stiffness, Grafting Density, and Normal Load on Tribological and Structural Behavior of Polymer Brushes: a Nonequilibrium Molecular Dynamics Study. Po Polymers 8 (7), 254-272.
  • Manjesh K. Singh, Patrick Ilg, Rosa M. Espinosa-Marzal, Martin Kröger, Nicholas D. Spencer. Molecular-Dynamics Simulation of the Effect of Crosslinking on the Tribological Behavior of Polymer Brushes. Tribology Letters, 63:17, 1-9, 2016.
  • Alexis Sheehan, L. Andres Jurado, Shivaprakash N. Ramakrishna, Andrea Arcifa, Antonella Rossi, Nicholas D. Spencer, Rosa M. Espinosa-Marzal. Layering of Ionic liquids on Rough Surfaces. Nanoscale, 8 (7), 4094-4106, 2016.
  • Arcifa, Andrea; Rossi, Antonella; Espinosa-Marzal, Rosa; Spencer, Nicholas, Influence of environmental humidity on the wear and friction of a silica / silicon tribopair lubricated with a hydrophilic ionic liquid, ACS Materials and Interfaces, 8 (5), 2961-2973, 2016
  • Shen, Yun; Huang, Conghui; Monroy, Guillermo; Janjaroen, Dao; Derlon, Nicolas; Lin, Jie; Espinosa-Marzal, Rosa; Morgenroth, Eberhard; Boppart, Stephen; Ashbolt, Nicholas; Liu, Wen-Tso; Nguyen, Thanh. Response of simulated drinking water biofilm mechanical and structural properties to long-term disinfectant exposure, Environmental Science and Technology, 50 (4), 1779-1787, 2016.


  • Josue Lopez, Yijue Diao, Sudhakar Pamidighantam, Rosa M. Espinosa-Marzal, Ab-initio Studies of Calcium Carbonate Hydration. J. Phys. Chem. A, 2015, 119 (47), pp 11591–11600.
  • Manjesh K. Singh, Patrick Ilg, Rosa M. Espinosa-Marzal, Martin Kröger, Nicholas D. Spencer. Polymer Brushes under Shear: Molecular Dynamics Simulations Compared with Experiments, Langmuir, 2015, 31 (16), 4798–4805.
  • L. Andres Jurado, Hojun Kim, Andrea Arcifa, Antonella Rossi, Cecilia Leal, Nicholas D. Spencer, Rosa M. Espinosa-Marzal. Irreversible structural change of a dry ionic liquid under nanoconfinement, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2015, 17, 13613-13624.


  • A. Arcifa, A. Rossi, R. M. Espinosa-Marzal, and N. D. Spencer. Environmental Influence on the Surface Chemistry of Ionic-Liquid-Mediated Lubrication in a Silica/Silicon Tribopair, Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 2014, doi: 10.1021/jp505998k.

  • R. M. Espinosa-Marzal, A. Arcifa, A. Rossi and N. D. Spencer. Ionic Liquids Confined in Hydrophilic Nanocontacts: Structure and Lubricity in the Presence of Water. Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 2014, 118: 6491–6503.

  • Andreas Leemann, Luzia Lörtscher, Laetitia Bernard, Gwenn Le Saout, Barbara Lothenbach, Rosa M. Espinosa-Marzal. Mitigation of ASR by the use of LiNO3—Characterization of the reaction products. Cement and Concrete Research, 2014, 59: 73–86.
  • R. M. Espinosa-Marzal, A. Arcifa, A. Rossi and N. D. Spencer. Micro-slips to ‘avalanches’ in confined, molecular layers of ionic liquids. Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, 2014, 5: 179–184.


  • Shivaprakash N. Ramakrishna, Rosa M. Espinosa-Marzal, Vikrant V. Naik, Prathima C. Nalam, Nicholas D. Spencer. Adhesion and Friction Properties of Polymer Brushes Coated on Rough Surfaces: A Gradient Approach. Langmuir, 2013, 29: 15251–15259.
  • David A. Beattie, Rosa M. Espinosa-Marzal, Tracey T.M. Ho, Mihail N. Popescu, John Ralston, Celine J. E. Richard, Pasindu M. F. Sellapperumage and Marta Krasowska. Molecularly-thin precursor films of imidazolium-based ionic liquids on mica, Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 2013, 17: 23676–23684
  • Rosa M. Espinosa-Marzal, Robert Bielecki, Nicholas D. Spencer. Understanding the role of viscous solvent confinement in the tribological behavior of polymer brushes: a bioinspired approach. Soft Matter, Advance Article, DOI: 10.1039/C3SM51415C, 2013.
  • Prathima C. Nalam, Shivaprakash N. Ramakrishna, Rosa M. Espinosa-Marzal, Nicholas D. Spencer. Exploring lubrication regimes at the nano-scale: Nano-tribological characterization of silica and polymer brushes in viscous solvents. Langmuir, DOI: 10.1021/la402148b, 2013.
  • Rosa M. Espinosa-Marzal, Giacomo Fontani, Frieder B. Reusch, Marcella Roba, Nicholas D. Spencer, Rowena Crockett. Sugars communicate through water: oriented glycans induce water structuring, Biophysical Journal, 2013, 104:12, 2686-2694.
  • Prathima C. Nalam, Leonid Daikhin, Rosa M. Espinosa-Marzal, Jarred Clasohm, Michael Urbakh and Nicholas D. Spencer. Two-fluid model for the interpretation of quartz-crystal microbalance response: Tuning polymer brushes with solvent mixtures. J. Phys. Chem. C, 2013, 117: 4533–4543
  • Rosa M. Espinosa-Marzal, Prathima C Nalam, S. Bolisetty, Nicholas D. Spencer. Impact of solvation on equilibrium conformation of polymer brushes in solvent mixtures. Soft Matter, 2013, 9: 4045-4057.


  • Ang Li, Shivaprakash N. Ramakrishna, E. Stefan Kooij, Rosa M. Espinosa-Marzal, and Nicholas D. Spencer. Poly(acrylamide) Films at the Solvent-Induced Glass Transition: Adhesion, Tribology, and the Influence of Crosslinking. Soft Matter, 2012, 8: 9092-9100.
  • S. Chodankar, E. Perret, K. Nygard, O. Bunk, D. K. Satapathy, R. M. Espinosa-Marzal, T. E. Balmer, M. Heuberger, and J. F. van der Veen, Density profile of water in nanoslit, EPL, 99, 26001, 2012.
  • Rosa M. Espinosa-Marzal, George W. Scherer. Impact of in-pore salt crystallization on transport properties. Environmental Earth Sciences, DOI: 10.1007/s12665-012-2087-z, 1-13, 2012.
  • R. M. Espinosa-Marzal, T. Drobek, T. Balmer, M. Heuberger. Hydrated ion correlations of interpenetrating electrical double layers, Phys Chem Chem Phys, 2012, 14:6085-6093.
  • R. M. Espinosa-Marzal, T. Saidov, L. Pel, G. Scherer. Nucleation of sodium sulfate heptahydrate on mineral substrates, Journal of Crystal Growth, 2012, 338:166–169.


  • H. Derluyn, T.A. Saidov, R. M. Espinosa-Marzal, L. Pel, G.W. Scherer. Heptahydrate I: The growth of sodium sulfate heptahydrate crystals, Journal of Crystal Growth, 2011, 329: 44-51.
  • R. M. Espinosa-Marzal, A. Hamilton, M. R. McNall, K. Whitaker, and G. W. Scherer. The chemomechanics of sodium sulfate crystallization in thenardite impregnated limestones during re-wetting, Journal of Materials Research, 2011, 26: 1472-1481.


  • R.M. Espinosa-Marzal, G.W. Scherer. Advances in understanding damage by crystallization: discrete and continuum approaches. Accounts for Chemical Research 2010, 43: 897–905
  • Enrica Balboni, Rosa M. Espinosa-Marzal, Eric Doehne, George W. Scherer. Can drying and re-wetting of magnesium sulfate salts lead to damage of stone? Environmental Earth Sciences, 2010, DOI: 10.1007/s12665-010-0774-1.


  • Franke, L., Deckelman, G., Espinosa-Marzal, R., eds. Simulation of time dependent degradation of porous materials. Cuvillier Verlag. 2009.


  • R. M. Espinosa-Marzal, G.W. Scherer. Crystallization of sodium sulfate salts in limestone, Environmental Geology 2008, 56, pp. 605-621.
  • Rosa M. Espinosa-Marzal, Lutz Franke, Gernod Deckelmann. Predicting efflorescence and subflorescence of salts, Mater. Res. Soc. Symp. Proc. Vol. 1047, 2008, 1047-Y04-03.

Before 2008

  • Franke L., Espinosa R., Deckelmann G., Gunstmann C., Bandow D. AStra – Ein neues Berechnungswerkzeug zur Simulation des gekoppelten Wärme-, Feuchte- und Stofftransports einschließlich der Korrosionsprozesse in porösen Baustoffen. Bauphysik 3/2007, Nr. 607.
  • Espinosa R. M., Franke L., Deckelmann G. Phase changes of salts in porous materials, Construction and Building Materials, 22, 1758–1773, 2007.
  • Espinosa R. M., Franke L., Deckelmann G. Experimental investigations and mathematical model for the mechanical stress due to the salt crystallization in porous materials. Construction and Building Materials, 2007, 22, 1350–1367, 2007.
  • Espinosa R. M., Franke L.: Influence of the age and drying process on pore structure and sorption isotherms of hardened cement paste. Cement and Concrete Research 36 (2006) 1969–1984.
  • Espinosa R. M., Franke L.: Inkbottle Pore-Method: prediction of hygroscopic water content in hardened cement paste at variable climatic conditions. Cement and Concrete Research 36 (2006) 1954–1968.
  • Künzel, H., Deckelmann, G., Espinosa R.M. et al. 6-01-01/D: Leitfaden Simulationsrechnung, WTA- 2002.
  • Künzel, H., Deckelmann, G., Espinosa R.M. et al. 6-01-01/D: Simulation hygrothermischer Prozesse, WTA- 2002.
  • Franke, L., Espinosa, R.M: Simulation nicht stationärer Stofftransport- und Korrosionsprozesse in mineralischen Materialien – ein neuer Forschungsschwerpunkt, Befestigungstechnik, Bewehrungstechnik und … , ibidem-Verlag, 2002.
  • Franke, L.; Deckelmann, G.; Espinosa, R.-M., Stehr, H.: Schlagregenschutz und hygrisches Verhalten von Wärmedämmverbundsystemen mit Deckschichten aus baukeramischen Platten; Fraunhofer IRB Verlag, T 2841, 1998.