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FS1: Geopolymers and Chemically Bonded Ceramics


Geopolymers are a class of totally inorganic, alumino- silicate based ceramics
that are charge balanced by group I oxides (e.g., Na, K, Rb, Cs). They are made
under relatively ambient conditions of temperature and pressure into near-net
dimension bodies, which can subsequently be converted to crystalline or glassceramic
materials. They have some unique microstructures and properties, and a
large variety of low to high tech potential applications. They are environmentally
friendly and require low energy to make. This focused session also welcomes
papers on other inorganic polymer analogues exhibiting similar behavior.

Proposed Session Topics

  • Microstructure, synthesis and processing
  • Porosity (nano-, meso-, micro-)
  • Conversion to ceramics
  • Mechanical properties, thermal shock resistance
  • Coatings (fire resistant, acid resistant)
  • Adhesive properties
  • Waste encapsulation
  • Construction materials
  • Novel applications
  • Composites and other inorganic analogues

Session Organizers

  • Waltraud M. Kriven: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA; 1 (217) 333-5258
  • John L. Provis, The University of Sheffield, UK
  • Maricela Lizcano, NASA-Glenn Research Center, USA

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