Rosa M. Espinosa Marzal

 Rosa M. Espinosa Marzal
Rosa M. Espinosa Marzal
Professor and Willett Faculty Scholar
(217) 300-4380
3207 Newmark Civil Engineering Bldg

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  • PhD. (Materials Science and Engineering), Hamburg University of Technology (Germany), 2004
  • BEng. (Mechanical Engineering), Universidad Politecnica de Valencia (Spain), 1997

Other Professional Employment

  • Vice-Chair of the American Chemical Society Division of Colloid and Surface Chemistry, 2024

Research Topics

Chapters in Books

  • RM Espinosa-Marzal, ZAH Goodwin, X Zhang, Q Zheng. Colloidal Interactions in Ionic Liquids–the electrical double layer inferred from ion layering and aggregation. ACS Book: One Hundred Years of Colloid Symposia: Looking Back and Looking Forward, 123-148 (2023). Chapter 7. DOI: 10.1021/bk-2023-1457.ch007.
  • Z Zachariah, M Heuberger, RM Espinosa-Marzal. Colloidal Interactions DLVO theory and beyond. One Hundred Years of Colloid Symposia: Looking Back and Looking Forward, 31-47 (2023). Chapter 2. DOI: 10.1021/bk-2023-1457.ch002.
  • R. M. Espinosa-Marzal, M. Han, A. Arcifa, A. Rossi, N. D. Spencer. Ionic Liquids at Interfaces and their Tribological Behaviour, in "Encyclopedia of Interfacial Chemistry: Surface Science and Electrochemistry", Elsevier (2018) Vol. 3.

Selected Articles in Journals

  • Alexis Hoane, Qianlu Zheng, Nicholas Maldonado, Rosa Espinosa-Marzal, Andrew Gewirth. Impact of Multivalent Cations on Interfacial Layering in Water-in-Salt Electrolytes. ACS Applied Energy Materials (2024). Just accepted.
  • Q Zheng, N Hawthorne, JD Batteas, RM Espinosa-Marzal. Surface Curvature Enhances the Electrotunability of Ionic Liquid Lubrication. Langmuir (2024) 40, 7, 3748–3758.
  • Ming Jun Lee, Dhruv Rahul Shrotriya, Rosa M. Espinosa-Marzal. Responsiveness of charged double network hydrogels to ionic environment. Advanced Functional Materials (2024) 2402279, 1-16.
  • J. Yus, E.N. Nixon, J. Li, J. Noriega, M.J. Bennett, D. Flores, K. L. Marhaver, L. Wegley Kelly, R. M. Espinosa-Marzal and, A. J. Wagoner Johnson. Composite substrates for coral larval settlement and reef restoration based on natural hydraulic lime and inorganic strontium and magnesium compounds. Ecological Engineering (2024) 202.
  • Daniel M Markiewitz, Zachary AH Goodwin, Michael McEldrew, J Pedro de Souza, Xuhui Zhang, Rosa M Espinosa-Marzal, Martin Z Bazant. Electric Field Induced Associations in the Double Layer of Salt-in-Ionic-Liquid Electrolytes. Faraday Discussions (2024). DOI: 10.1039/D4FD00021H
  • Barrat, J. et al. Soft Matter Roadmap. Journal of Physics: Materials (2024) 7 (1) 012501. DOI 10.1088/2515-7639/ad06cc.
  • B. Fu, R. M. Espinosa-Marzal. Interfacial processes underlying the temperature-dependence of friction and wear of calcite single crystals. Journal of Colloid and Interface Science (2024) 664, 561-572.
  • Q. Zheng, N. Hawthorne, J. Batteas, R.M. Espinosa-Marzal. Surface curvature enhances electrotunability of ionic liquid lubrication. Langmuir 2024, 40 (7) 3748–3758.
  • X. Zhang; M. Han; R. M. Espinosa-Marzal. Thin-Film Rheology and Tribology of Imidazolium Ionic Liquids. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 2023, 15 (38), 45485-45497.
  • Gus Greenwood, Jin Myung Kim, Shahriar Muhammad Nahid, Yeageun Lee, Amin Hajarian, SungWoo Nam, Rosa M Espinosa-Marzal. Dynamically tuning friction at the graphene interface using the field effect. Nature communications 14 (1), 5801 (2023).
  • Qianlu Zheng, Zachary A. H. Goodwin, Varun Gopalakrishnan, Alexis G. Hoane, Mengwei Han, Ruixian Zhang, Nathaniel Hawthorne, James D. Batteas, Andrew A. Gewirth, Rosa M. Espinosa- Marzal. Water in the electrical double layer of ionic liquids on graphene. ACS Nano (2023).
  • Rosa M. Espinosa-Marzal, Joaquin Yus, Jiheon Kwon et al. Reinforced Hydrogels via Mineralization: Next Generation Bioscaffold. Journal of Physics: Materials 7 (1), 012501. DOI: 10.1088/2515-7639/ad06cc.
  • Alex Deptula, Jessica Galera, Rosa Espinosa-Marzal. Control of surface morphology, adhesion and friction of colloidal gels with lamellar surface interactions. Advanced Functional Materials (2023) 2300896.
  • Ming Jun Lee. Rosa Espinosa-Marzal. Intrinsic and Extrinsic Tunability of Double Network Hydrogel Strength and Lubricity. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces (2023) 15.
  • K. Sun, T. Shoaib, M.W. Rutland, C. Do, R.M. Espinosa-Marzal. Insight into the assembly of lipid-hyaluronan complexes in osteoarthritic conditions. Biointerphases (2023) 18, 2.
  • B. Fu, R. M. Espinosa-Marzal. Velocity-weakening and -strengthening friction at single and multi-asperity contacts with calcite single crystals. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the U.S.A (2022) 119 (22) e2112505119.
  • T. Shoaib, P. Prendergast, R. M. Espinosa-Marzal. Compositional tuning reveals a pathway to achieve a strong and lubricious double network in agarose-polyacrylamide hydrogels. Tribology Letters (2022) 70 (3).
  • L. Li, F. Kohler, A. Røyne, R.M. Espinosa-Marzal, F. Bresme, E. Jettestuen, D. K. Dysthe. Limits to crystallization pressure. Langmuir (2022) 38 (37) 11265–11273,
  • M. Han, S. Rogers, R. M. Espinosa-Marzal. Rheological characteristics of ionic liquids through nanopores. Langmuir (2022) 38 (9), 2961-2971.
  • Marilyn Porras-Gómez, Tooba Shoaib, Dylan Steer, Rosa Espinosa-Marzal, Cecilia Leal. Pathological hemifusion stiffens pulmonary surfactant membranes. Biophysical Journal (2022) 121(6), 886-896.
  • A. Deptula, M. Wade, S. A. Rogers, R. M. Espinosa-Marzal. Charge-Induced Structural Changes of Confined Copolymer Hydrogels for Controlled Surface Morphology and Friction. Advanced Functional Materials (2022) 2111414.
  • 4. M. Negrito, M. B. Elinski, N. Hawthorne, M. P. Pedley, M. Han, M. Sheldon, R. M. Espinosa-Marzal, and J. D. Batteas, Using Patterned Self-Assembled Monolayers to Tune Graphene−Substrate Interactions. Langmuir (2021), DOI: 10.1021/acs.langmuir.1c01136.
  • G. Greenwood, J.M. Kim, Q. Zheng, S.M. Nahid, S. Nam, Rosa M. Espinosa-Marzal. Effects of layering and supporting substrate on liquid slip at the single layer graphene interface. ACS Nano (2021). DOI: 10.1021/acsnano.1c01884.
  • B. Fu, Y. Diao, and R. M. Espinosa-Marzal. Nanoscale Insight into the Relation between Pressure Solution of Calcite and Interfacial Friction. Journal of Colloid and Interface Science. (2021) 601, 254-264.
  • M. Han, R. Zhang, A. A. Gewirth, and R. M. Espinosa-Marzal. The nano-heterogeneity of LiTFSI solutions transitions close to a surface and with concentration. Nano Letters (2021), 21 (5), 2304–2309.
  • T. Shoaib, R.M. Espinosa-Marzal. Advances in Understanding Hydrogel Lubrication. Colloids and Interfaces. 2020; 4(4):54.
  • M. 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) 7, 2001313.
  • C. 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.
  • J. A. Lopez-Berganza, B. Fu, CW.J. Lee, S.A. Rogers, and R.M. Espinosa-Marzal. Mediating the Enhanced Interaction Between Hydroxyapatite and Agarose through Amorphous Calcium Carbonate. Crystal Growth& Design (2020) 20(10), 6917–6929.
  • R. Zhang, M. Han, K. Ta, K. E. Madsen, X. Chen, X. Zhang, R.M. Espinosa-Marzal*, and A.A. 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.
  • T. Shoaib, C. Yuh, M.A. Wimmer, T. Schmid, and R.M. Espinosa-Marzal. Calcium-induced softening and stiction of the cartilage articulating surface. Biomaterials Science. Biomaterials Science (2020) 8, 3944-3955.
  • 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.
  • Y. Diao, A. Li, R.M. Espinosa-Marzal. Pressure Solution of Calcite Single Crystals Investigated by a Surface Forces Apparatus. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta (2020) 280, 116-129.
  • Z. 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(11).
  • M. Han*, H. Kim*, R. M. Espinosa-Marzal&, C. Leal&. Bicontinuous Microemulsions with Oil, Water, and Ionic Liquids Under Nanoconfinement. Soft Matter (2019) 15, 9609-9613. *Both authors contributed equally, &both corresponding authors.
  • T. Shoaib, R. M. Espinosa-Marzal. Static friction phase diagram for hydrogel-like materials. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces (2019) DOI: 10.1021/acsami.9b14283. Just accepted.
  • 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. ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces (2019) 11 (36), 33465-33477.
  • Y. Diao, R.M. Espinosa-Marzal. Effect of Fluid Chemistry on the 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.
  • 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.
  • P.C. Nalam, A. Pham, V. Castillo, R. M. Espinosa-Marzal. Adsorption Behavior and Nanotribology of Amine-based Friction Modifiers on Steel Surfaces. The Journal of Physical Chemistry C (2019) 123(22), 13672-13680.
  • Y. Diao, G. Greenwood, M. C. Wang, S. Nam, R. M. Espinosa-Marzal. Slippery and Sticky Graphene in Water. ACS Nano (2019) 13(2), 2072-2082.
  • M. Han, R. M. Espinosa-Marzal. Molecular Mechanisms underlying Lubrication by Ionic Liquids: Activated slip and flow. Lubricants (2018) 6(3), 64.
  • M. Han, R. M. Espinosa-Marzal. Electroviscous Retardation of the Squeeze-Out of Nanoconfined Ionic Liquids. The Journal of Physical Chemistry C (2018) 122, 21344-21355.
  • Y. Shen, P. C. Huang, C. Huang, P. Sun, G. Monroy, W. Wu, J. Lin, R. Espinosa-Marzal, S. Boppart, W-T Liu, T. Nguyen. Effect of divalent ions and a polyphosphate on composition, structure, and stiffness of simulated drinking water biofilms. npj Biofilms and Microbiomes (2018) 4, 15.
  • T. Shoaib, R. M. Espinosa-Marzal. Insight into the Viscous and Adhesive Contributions to Hydrogel Friction. Tribology Letters (2018) 66(96).
  • Y. Diao, R. M. Espinosa-Marzal. About how water lubricates faults. Nature Communications (2018) 9, 2309.
  • A. Arcifa, A. Rossi, S. N. Ramakrishna, R. M. Espinosa-Marzal, A. Sheehan, N. D. Spencer. Lubrication of Si-Based Tribopairs with a Hydrophobic Ionic Liquid: The Multiscale Influence of Water. Journal of Physical Chemistry C (2018) 122, 7331-7343.
  • T. Shoaib, J. Heintz, J.A. Lopez-Berganza, R. Muro-Barrios, S. Egner, R.M. Espinosa-Marzal. Stick-slip friction reveals hydrogel lubrication mechanisms. Langmuir (2017) 34, 756-765.
  • J.A. Lopez-Berganza, R. Song, A. Elbanna, R.M. Espinosa-Marzal. Calcium Carbonate with Nanogranular Microstructure yields Enhanced Toughness. Nanoscale (2017) 9, 16689-16699.
  • Y. Diao, M. Han, J.A. Lopez Berganza, L. Valentino, B.J. Marinas, R.M. Espinosa-Marzal. Reconciling DLVO and non-DLVO forces and their implications for ion rejection by a polyamide membrane. Langmuir (2017) 33(36), 8982-8992.
  • T. Shoaib, A. Carmichael, R.E. Corman, Y. Shen, H. Nguyen, R.H. Ewoldt, R.M. Espinosa-Marzal. Self-Adaptive Hydrogels to Mineralization. Soft Matter (2017) 13, 5469-5480.
  • Z. Zachariah, R.M. Espinosa-Marzal, Manfred Heuberger. Ion specific hydration in Nano-confined Electrical Double Layers. Journal of Colloid & Interface Science (2017) 506, 263-270.
  • M. Heuberger, Z. Zachariah, N.D. Spencer, R.M. Espinosa-Marzal. Collective Dehydration of Ions in Nano-Pores. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics (2017) 19, 13462-13468.
  • L.A. Jurado, R.M. Espinosa-Marzal. Molecular Insight into the Electrical Double Layer of an Ionic Liquid on Graphene. Scientific Reports (2017) 7, 4225.
  • T. Shoaib, P.C. Nalam, Y. He, Y. Chen, R.M. Espinosa-Marzal. Assembly, morphology, diffusivity and indentation of hydrogel-supported lipid bilayers. Langmuir (2017) 33(28), 7105-7117.
  • M. Han, R.M. Espinosa-Marzal. Strong Stretching of Poly(Ethylene Glycol) Brushes Mediated by Ionic Liquid Solvation. The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters (2017) 8(17), 3954-3960.
  • M.K. Singh, P. Ilg, R.M. Espinosa-Marzal, M. Kroeger, N.D. Spencer. Molecular-Dynamics Simulation of the Effect of Crosslinking on the Tribological Behavior of Polymer Brushes. Tribology Letters (2016) 63(17), 1-9.
  • M.K. Singh, P. Ilg, R,M. Espinosa-Marzal, N.D. Spencer, M. Kroeger. Influence of Chain Stiffness, Grafting Density, and Normal Load on Tribological and Structural Behavior of Polymer Brushes: a Nonequilibrium Molecular Dynamics Study. Polymers (2016) 8 (7), 254-272.
  • A. Jurado, H. Kim, A. Rossi, A, Arcifa, J.K. Schuh, N.D. Spencer, C. Leal, R.H. Ewoldt, R.M. Espinosa-Marzal. Effect of the environmental humidity on the bulk, interfacial and nanoconfined properties of an ionic liquid. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics (2016) 18 (32), 22719-22730.
  • Z. Zachariah, R.M. Espinosa-Marzal, N.D. Spencer, M. Heuberger. Stepwise collapse of highly overlapping Electrical Double Layers. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics (2016) 18, 24417-24427.
  • Y. Diao, R.M. Espinosa-Marzal. Molecular Insight into the Nanoconfined Calcite-Solution Interface. Proceedings National Academy of Sciences (2016) 113(43), 12047-12052.
  • J. Lopez-Berganza, R.M. Espinosa-Marzal. Mechanistic approach to predict the combined effects of additives and surface templates on calcium carbonate mineralization. ACS Crystal Growth&Design (2016) 16 (11), 6186-6198.
  • A. Arcifa, A., A. Rossi, R.M. Espinosa-Marzal, N.D. Spencer. Influence of Environmental Humidity on the Wear and Friction of a Silica/Silicon Tribopair Lubricated with a Hydrophilic Ionic Liquid. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces (2016) 8(5), 2961-2973.
  • Y. Shen, C. Huang, G.L. Monroy, D. Janjaroen, N. Derlon, J. Lin, R.M. Espinosa-Marzal, E. Morgenroth, S.A. Boppart, N.J. Ashbolt, W.-T. Liu, T.H. Nguyen. Response of Simulated Drinking Water Biofilm Mechanical and Structural Properties to Long-Term Disinfectant Exposure. Environmental Science and Technology (2016) 50, 1779-1787.
  • A. Sheehan, L.A. Jurado, S.N. Ramakrishna, A. Arcifa, A. Rossi, N.D. Spencer, R.M. Espinosa-Marzal. Layering of Ionic Liquids on Rough Surfaces. Nanoscale (2016) 8, 4094-4106.

Teaching Honors

  • List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students (2015 (Sp), 2016 (Fall), 2018 (Fall), 2022 (Fall), 2023 (Spring))

Research Honors

  • Ivan Racheff Professor (The Grainger College of Engineering) (06/2024)
  • Donald Biggar Willett Faculty Scholar (The Grainger College of Engineering) (06/2020)
  • Deans Award for Excellence in Research (The Grainger College of Engineering) (01/2019)
  • Excellence Faculty Scholar in Civil and Environmental Engineering. (03/2016)
  • CAS Associate (UIUC) (01/2016)
  • NCSA Fellow (UIUC) (08/2014)
  • DFG Grant (German Research Foundation) (09/2007)
  • DAAD Fellowship (German Academic Exchange Service) (10/1997)

Public Service Honors

  • Selected Vice-Chair 2024, Elected Chair 2025, Chair 2026 and Past Chair 2027, Colloids and Surface Chemistry, American Chemical Society (01/2024)
  • Selected Vice-Chair 2024 and Chair 2026 Gordon Research Conference in Tribology (07/2022)

Recent Courses Taught

  • CEE 440 - Fate Cleanup Environ Pollutant
  • CEE 442 - Env Eng Principles, Physical
  • CEE 544 - Advanced Surface Science
  • CEE 595 AG - Adv Environmental Engr Seminar
  • MSE 455 - Macromolecular Solids
  • MSE 559 - Soft Materials Seminar