Mountain rocks – sea water interface. Calanque, France.

Peer-reviewed Publications


  • Han, H. Kim, C .Leal, M. Negrito, J.D. Batteas, R.M. Espinosa‐Marzal. Insight into the Electrical Double Layer of Ionic Liquids Revealed through Its Temporal Evolution. Advanced Materials Interfaces (2020), 2001313.
  • Shoaib, R.M. Espinosa-Marzal. Advances in Understanding Hydrogel Lubrication. Colloids and Interfaces (2020) 4 (4), 54. OPEN SOURCE.
  • A. Lopez-Berganza, B. Fu, C.W.J. Lee, S.A. Rogers, R.M. Espinosa-Marzal. Mediating the Enhanced Interaction Between Hydroxyapatite and Agarose through Amorphous Calcium Carbonate. Crystal Growth & Design (2020) 20 (10), 6917-6929.
  • Yuh, M.P. Laurent, R.M. Espinosa-Marzal, S. Chubinskaya, M.A. Wimmer. Transient stiffening of cartilage during joint articulation: A microindentation study. Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials (2020) 113, 104113.
  • P. C. Nalam, A. Sheehan, M. Han, R.M. Espinosa‐Marzal. Effects of Nanoscale Roughness on the Lubricious Behavior of an Ionic Liquid Advanced Materials Interfaces (2020) 7 (17), 2000314.
  • Zhang, M. Han, K. Ta, K.E. Madsen, X. Chen, X. Zhang, R.M. Espinosa-Marzal&, AA Gewirth&. Potential-Dependent Layering in the Electrochemical Double Layer of Water-in-Salt Electrolytes ACS Applied Energy Materials (2020) 3 (8), 8086-8094. &Both corresponding authors.
  • Diao, A. Li, R.M. Espinosa-Marzal Ion specific effects on the pressure solution of calcite single crystals Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta (2020) 280, 116-129 2020.
  • Zachariah, P.C. Nalam, A. Ravindra, A. Raju, A. Mohanlal, K. Wang, R.V. Castillo and R.M. Espinosa-Marzal. Correlation between adsorption and nanotribological performance of fatty acid based organic friction modifiers on stainless steel. Tribology Letters (2020) 68 (1), 11 2020. ONLINE VERSION. doi:10.1007/s11249-019-1250-z
  • Shoaib, C. Yuh, M. Wimmer, T. Schmid, R.M. Espinosa-Marzal. Nanoscale Insight into the Degradation Mechanisms of the Cartilage Articulating Surface Preceding OA. Biomaterials Science (2020) 8 (16), 4642-4642.


  • M. Han*, H. Kim*, R.M. Espinosa-Marzal&, C. Leal&. Mixing Oil and Water with Ionic Liquids: Bicontinuous Microemulsions Under Confinement. Soft Matter (2019) 15, 9609-9613. *first co-authors; &corresponding authors. DOI: 10.1039/C9SM01649J.
  • T Shoaib, R Espinosa-Marzal, Influence of loading conditions and temperature on static friction and contact ageing of hydrogels with modulated microstructure, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces (2019) 11(45) 42722-42733. DOI: 10.1021/acsami.9b14283.
  • M. Han, R. M. Espinosa-Marzal. Influence of Water on Structure, Dynamics, and Electrostatics of Hydrophilic and Hydrophobic Ionic Liquids in Charged and Hydrophilic Confinement between Mica Surfaces. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, (2019) 11(36), 33465-33477. DOI: 10.1021/acsami.9b10923.
  • Diao, R.M. Espinosa-Marzal. Effect of Fluid Chemistry on Interfacial Composition, Adhesion and Frictional Response of Calcite Single Crystals-Implications for Injection-Induced Seismicity. Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth (2019) 124, 5607– 5628. DOI:
  • J.A. Lopez-Berganza, S. Chen, R.M. Espinosa-Marzal. Tailoring Calcite Growth through an Amorphous Precursor in a Hydrogel Environment. Crystal Growth & Design (2019) 19(6), 3192-3205. DOI:
  • Nalam, A. Pham, R.V. Castillo, R.M. Espinosa-Marzal. Adsorption Behavior and Nanotribology of Amine-Based Friction Modifiers on Steel Surfaces. Journal of Physical Chemistry C (2019) 123(22), 13672-13680. DOI:
  • Diao, Yijue ; Greenwood, Gus; Wang, Michael Cai; Nam, SungWoo; Espinosa-Marzal, Rosa. Slippery and Sticky Graphene in Water. ACS Nano (2019) 13 (2), 2072-2082. DOI:
  • C Yuh, T Shoaib, S Chubinskaya, RM Espinosa-Marzal, MA Wimmer. The superficial zone in cartilage adapts with stiffening when challenged tribologically. Osteoarthritis and Cartilage 27, S185-S186. DOI:


  • Mengwei Han and Rosa M. Espinosa-Marzal. Electroviscous Retardation of the Squeeze-Out of Nanoconfined Ionic Liquids. Journal of Physical Chemistry C (2018). DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcc.8b04778.
  • Yijue Diao and Rosa M. Espinosa-Marzal. The role of water in Fault Lubrication. Nature Communications (2018) 9:2309. Full text here.
  • Mengwei Han and Rosa M. Espinosa-Marzal. Molecular Mechanisms underlying Lubrication by Ionic Liquids: Activated slip and flow. Lubricants (2018) 6(3) 64. Full Text here.
  • Tooba Shoaib and Rosa M. Espinosa-Marzal. Insight into the Viscous and Adhesive Contributions to Hydrogel Friction. Tribology Letters (2018) 66: 96. DOI: (full text available here).
  • Andrea Arcifa, Antonella Rossi, Shivaprakash N Ramakrishna, Rosa M Espinosa-Marzal, Alexis Sheehan, Nicholas D Spencer. Lubrication of Si-Based Tribopairs with a Hydrophobic Ionic Liquid: The Multiscale Influence of Water, J. Phys. Chem. C (2018) 122 (13), pp 7331-7343.
  • Yun Shen, Pin Chieh Huang, Conghui Huang, Peter Sun, Guillermo Monroy, Wenjing Wu, Jie Lin, Rosa Espinosa-Marzal, Stephen Boppart, Wen-Tso Liu, and Thanh Nguyen. Effect of divalent ions and polyphosphate on composition, structure, and stiffness of simulated drinking water biofilms. npj Biofilms and Microbiomes (2018) 4:15 (full text available here).
  • Tooba Shoaib, Joerg Heintz, Josue A. Lopez-Berganza, Raymundo Muro-Barrios, Simon Egner, Rosa M. Espinosa-Marzal. Stick-slip friction reveals hydrogel lubrication mechanisms, Langmuir (2018), 34(3): 756-765, DOI:10.1021/acs.langmuir.7b02834.

Book chapter:


  • 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) 8 (17), pp 3954–3960, 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) 33 (28), pp 7105–7117, DOI: 10.1021/acs.langmuir.7b01062.
  • L. Andres Jurado, Rosa M. Espinosa-Marzal. Molecular Insight into the Electrical Double Layer of an Ionic liquid on Graphene, Scientific Reports (2017)  7, 4225.
  • Manfred Heuberger, Zita Zachariah, Nicholas D. Spencer, Rosa M. Espinosa-Marzal. Collective Dehydration of Ions in Nano-Pores, Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 19, 13462-13468, 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 (2017) 506, 263-270, DOI: 10.1016/j.jcis.2017.07.039.
  • Tooba Shoaib, Ariel Carmichael, R. E. Corman, Yun Shen, Helen Nguyen, Randy H. Ewoldt, Rosa M. Espinosa-Marzal. Self-Adaptive Hydrogels to Mineralization, Soft Matter (2017) 13, 5469-5480, DOI: 10.1039/C7SM01058C.
  • 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 (2017) 33 (36), pp 8982–8992, DOI: 10.1021/acs.langmuir.7b02306.
  • Josue A. Lopez-Berganza, Ruofan Song, Ahmed Elbanna, Rosa M. Espinosa-Marzal, Calcium Carbonate with Nanogranular Microstructure yields Enhanced Toughness, Nanoscale (2017), DOI: 10.1039/C7NR05347A.
  • Robert J. Flatt, Nevin Aly Mohamed, Francesco Caruso, Hannelore Derluyn, Julie Desarnaud, Barbara Lubelli, Rosa Maria Espinosa Marzal, Leo Pel, Carlos Rodriguez-Navarro, George W. Scherer, Noushine Shahidzadeh, Michael Steiger. Predicting salt damage in practice: A theoretical insight into laboratory tests. RILEM Technical Letters 2017, 2, 108-118.


  • 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.