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S16: Geopolymers, inorganic polymers and sustainable materials

Refractory inorganic polymers can be made at ambient temperatures and pressures. These materials include alumino-silicates or “geopolymers,” phosphates and other chemically bonded inorganic compounds. The use of waste products such as fly ash or slag, 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 fire and corrosion resistant materials, infrastructure and construction materials, thermal insulation, porous materials, structural ceramic composites containing ceramic, metal or biological reinforcements, hydrogen storage, liquid and water purification, and porous materials for CO2 sequestration.


Proposed session topics

  • Synthesis, processing microstructure
  • Mechanical properties, thermal shock resistance
  • Other inorganic analogues
  • Composites
  • Conversion to ceramics
  • Waste encapsulation
  • Infrastructure and construction materials
  • Coatings (fire resistant, acid resistant)
  • Novel applications
  • Sustainable materials


Symposium organizers

  • Waltraud M. Kriven, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA; kriven@illinois.edu
  • Joseph Davidovits, Geopolymer Institute, St. Quentin, France
  • Claus H. Rüscher, Leibniz University of Hannover, Germany
  • Sylvie Rossignol, GEMH-ENSCI, Limoges, France
  • Iannis Pontikes, Katholieken Universiteit, Leuven, Belgium
  • Flavio de Silva, Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Ghassan Al-Chaar, US Army Corps of Engineers, ERDC, CERL, Champaign, USA



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