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FS1: Geopolymers, Inorganic Polymers, Hybrid Organic – Inorganic Polymer Materials


Preliminary Program – Focused Session 1

Geopolymers are a class of totally inorganic, alumino-silicate based ceramics that are charge balanced by group I oxides. They are rigid gels which are made under relatively ambient conditions of temperature and pressure into near-net dimension bodies, and which can subsequently be converted to crystalline or glass-ceramic materials.

This focused session also welcomes papers on other inorganic polymers including phosphates or borates, as well as organic-inorganic molecular level hybrid materials. Decreasing the size of the inorganic units to the same level as organic building blocks can lead to more homogeneous materials that allow a further fine tuning of material properties on the molecular and nanoscale level, generating novel materials that either show characteristics in between the two original phases or even new properties.

Proposed Session Topics

  • Geopolymers
  • Inorganic polymers
  • Inorganic-organic hybrid polymers
  • Synthesis and processing
  • Microstructure
  • Properties
  • Novel applications

Symposium Organizers

  • Waltraud M. Kriven, Univ. of Illinois at Urbana, USA
  • Kenneth J.D. MacKenzie, Victoria Univ. of Wellington, New Zealand

Points of Contact
Waltraud M. Kriven, Phone: +1 (217) 333-5258

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