Joana Roncero

Manager of the Applications Laboratory + Product Engineer at Owens Corning International

SpainJoined October 2017


I have worked in R&D environments, both at the university and at the private industry identifying research partnerships, funding scheme opportunities and creating and strengthening partnerships between the two fields; private and institutional/public.

With an outcome-oriented approach, I have colaborated in and/or led several R&D projects in collaboration with public and/or private institutions, in an international environment. I am co-author of 58 publications in journals, book chapters and symposiums.

I am graduated in Chemistry and, in 2000, I received the Doctorate degree from the School of Civil Engineering (Barcelona). I also hold a Master degree in Business Innovation (MBI). Interested in Business Strategy and Innovation Management, I am customer-oriented and I enjoy interacting with customers/users to identify their needs, to develop ideas and to turn them into realities.

I have worked mainly in Concrete Technology since 1996, particularly on Chemical and Mineral Admixtures, as well as fibers. My experience in this area includes chemical admixture development and utilization, rheology, short and long-term mechanical testing, shrinkage, microstructure and cement chemistry, use of fibers, use of supplementary cementitious materials, recycled aggregates, GRC (Glass Reinforced Concrete), self-compacting concrete and high performance concretes.

Being conscious of the importance of good practices for Project Management, I recently finished a Master os Science (MSc) in Project Management (La Salle University - Barcelona) with the aim of obtaining, also, the PMP (Project Management Professional) certification from PMI (Project Management Institute).

Work Experience (1)

Manager of the Applications Laboratory + Product Engineer

Owens Corning International

January 2014 - Present


Academic Studies (4)

Degree in Chemistry (Metallurgics and Materials Science speciality)

University of Barcelona

January 1988 - January 1994

Chemistry (Metallurgics and Materials Science speciality)

Ph.D in Science

Construction Engineering Department, Civil Engineering School, Technical University of Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain

January 1996 - January 2000

Construction Technology

Cum Laude (Grant of the Spanish Ministry of Technology & Science for doctoral studies). “Effect of superplasticizers on the behaviour of concrete in the fresh and hardened states: Implications for High Performance Concretes”

Executive Master in Business Innovation (MBI)

School of Professional & Executive Development, Technical University of Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain

January 2010 - January 2012

Business Innovation

Master of Science (MSc) in Project Management

La Salle-Ramon Llull University, Barcelona, Spain

January 2016 - January 2017

Project Management

Research areas of interest (11)

  • Industrial manufacturing, Material and Transport Technologies
  • Construction Technology
  • Materials Technology
  • Building materials
  • Metals and Alloys
  • and 6 more

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Study of the Influence of Superplasticizers on the Hydration of Cement Paste Using Nuclear Magnetic Resonance and X-Ray Diffraction Techniques

J. Roncero, R. Gettu and S. Valls,
Cement and Concrete Research, V. 32, No. 1, pp. 103-108, (2002).

Study of the behavior of concrete with shrinkage reducing admixtures subjected to long-term drying

R. Gettu, J. Roncero and M.A. Martín
Concrete: Material Science to Application, A Tribute to Surendra P. Shah, ACI SP-206, American Concrete Institute, Farmington Hills, pp. 157-166, (2002).

Effect of the temperature and waiting conditions on the rheological parameters of self-compacting concrete

J. Roncero, B. Barragan and R. Zerbino
SCC 2008: Challenges and Barriers to Application, 3rd North-American Conf. On the Design and Use of Self-Consolidating Concrete, Chicago (USA), 2008.

Tecnología de aditivos para hormigón / Technology of admixtures for concrete

Monograph n. 16 of ACHE, working group 2/3, Coordinated by J. Roncero
ACHE (Asociación Científico-Técnica del Hormigón Estructural / Spanish Association of Structural Concrete), November 2010.

Interaction of water reducer admixtures with Recycled aggregates for concrete

J. Roncero, V. Gimenez and R. Magarotto
XIII Intnl. Congress on Cement Chemistry, Madrid, July 2011, CD-ROM.

Utilization of Impedance Spectroscopy for Studying the Retarding Effect of a Superplasticizer on the Setting of Cement

J.M. Torrents, J. Roncero and R. Gettu
Cement and Concrete Research, V. 28, No. 9, pp. 1325-1333 (1998)

Flow behavior of superplasticized cement pastes: Influence of silica fume

J. Roncero, R. Gettu, L. Agulló and E. Vázquez
The Indian Concrete Journal, January 2002, pp. 31-35, (2002).

“La nano-tecnología aplicada en aditivos para hormigón: optimización del rendimiento cemento-aditivo

P. Borralleras and J. Roncero
Cemento-hormigón, V. 892, pp. 14-24 (2006).

Innovative admixtures: a key components for a sustainable concrete industry

J. Roncero and R. Magarotto
Concrete Plant International (CPI), No. 4, pp. 72-76 (2008).

An innovative accelerator for precast concrete: Crystal seeding to master the current challenges of the precast industry

R. Magarotto, N. Zeminian and J. Roncero
BFT, No. 1, pp. 4-9 (2010). English: Spanish:

Study of the flow behavior of superplasticized cement paste systems and its influence on the properties of fresh concrete

J. Roncero, R. Gettu, P.C.C. Gomes and L. Agulló,
High-Performance Concrete: Research to practice, ACI SP-189, American Concrete Institute, Farmington Hills, pp. 273-294 (2000).

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