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FOCUSED SESSION 1: Geopolymers, Chemically Bonded Ceramics, Eco-friendly and Sustainable Materials



Ceramic-like inorganic polymers can be made under low energy conditions such as ambient temperatures and pressures. These materials include alumino-silicates or “geopolymers,” alkali activated cements, phosphates, and other chemically bonded inorganic compounds. The use of waste products or components derived from biological materials as starting compounds or as reinforcements in composites demonstrates the eco-friendly and sustainable nature of these materials. Novel potential applications of such composites include hydrogen storage, water purification, porous materials for CO2 sequestration, thermal insulation, fire resistant building materials, structural ceramic composites reinforced with ceramic, metal or biological reinforcements.


Proposed Session Topics

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


Symposium Organizers

  • Waltraud M. Kriven, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Claus H. Rüscher, Leibniz University of Hannover, Germany
  • Sylvie Rossignol, GEMH-ENSCI, Limoges, France
  • Hubert Rahier, Vrije Universiteit, Brussel, Belgium
  • Ruy Sa Ribeiro, National Institute for Amazonian Research, Brazil
  • John L. Provis, University of Sheffield, UK



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