November 24th, 2017 | by Faye Oney
A team of MIT students have come up with a way to incorporate irradiated plastic into cement paste to make concrete that is nearly 15% stronger than what’s available today. This could reduce the amount of plastic in landfills and lower concrete's carbon footprint.
October 17th, 2017 | by April Gocha
ETH Zurich researchers have used computational modeling to design an ultrathin concrete roof for that optimizes strength while eliminating extra material and weight.
September 26th, 2017 | by Faye Oney
Salt has long been used on roads and sidewalks to melt snow and ice, but it can destroy vehicles and the environment over time. Researchers have developed a method for melting snow and ice using paraffin, which is less expensive and environmentally-friendly.
July 31st, 2017 | by April Gocha
An international group of scientists recently found that the key to the strength of ancient Roman concrete is the presence of aluminous tobermorite, a mineral that slowly forms within voids and prevents cracks from traversing through the concrete.
June 28th, 2017 | by April Gocha
Scientists at the University of British Colombia (Vancouver, British Colombia, Canada) have a new strategy that just might be going somewhere—they’ve devised a technique to incorporate recycled rubber tire fibers into concrete to reuse the waste material, improve the durability of concrete, and reduced the carbon footprint of the concrete industry.
May 24th, 2017 | by Faye Oney
Inspired by the way the human body repairs bones and tissue, a researcher duo from Delft University of Technology has created self-repairing "bioconcrete" using bacteria and calcium lactate.
May 16th, 2017 | by April Gocha
Researchers at ETH Zürich have developed a new modular and thin concrete flooring system that weighs 70% less than conventional concrete floors and could offer a greener building solution.
December 21st, 2016 | by April Gocha
Minnesota-based company Total Kustom has built a 3-D printer that can custom-print concrete into whole houses—even castles.
November 30th, 2016 | by April Gocha
Supersonic spray yields new nanomaterials, tiny squeeze boosts performance of fuel cell catalysts, and other materials stories that may be of interest for November 30, 2016.
November 23rd, 2016 | by April Gocha
Smashing metallic micro-cubes makes them ultrastrong, glow-in-the-dark dye could fuel liquid-based batteries, and other materials stories that may be of interest for November 23, 2016.