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T3S3: Geopolymers, Inorganic Polymer Ceramics and Sustainable Composites

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Ceramic technologies for sustainable development


Ceramic-like, inorganic polymers can be made under low-energy conditions, such as ambient temperatures and pressures. These materials include aluminosilicates or geopolymers, phosphates, and other chemically bonded inorganic compounds. Relatively pure geopolymers are made from metakaolin and aqueous alkali-silicate solutions, but industrial waste products such as type F fly ash or other natural materials can also be used as starting materials for less pure materials. Ceramic, metallic, polymeric or biological reinforcements, such as particulates, chopped fibers, unidirectional fibers, or planar weaves have been used to make structural ceramic composites. Higher technology functional ceramic composites can also be made. Such novel potential applications include hydrogen storage, water purification and biocidal activity, porous materials for CO2 sequestration, thermal insulation, fire-resistant panels, and architectural panels as building materials.


Proposed session topics:

  • Synthesis, processing microstructure
  • Tailored porosity (micro-, meso-, nano-, macro-)
  • Mechanical properties and thermal shock resistance
  • Composites
  • Waste encapsulation
  • Conversion to ceramics
  • Construction materials 
  • Coatings (fire-resistant, acid resistant)
  • Sustainable materials and novel applications
  • Other inorganic analogues 


  • Waltraud M. Kriven, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
  • Claus H. Rüscher, Leibniz University of Hannover, Germany
  • Sylvie Rossignol, GEMH-ENSCI, France
  • Hubert Rahier, Vrije Universiteit, Belgium
  • John L. Provis, University of Sheffield, UK 


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