Alkali Activated Materials and Geopolymers: Versatile Materials Offering High Performance and Low Emissions

An ECI Continuing Series

May 27-June 1, 2018
Hotel Dos Templarios
Tomar, Portugal

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About this Conference

Geopolymers are a class of inorganic polymers formed by the reaction between an alkali and an aluminosilicate source. These materials can act as an ideal substitute for traditional materials such as Portland cement or fired ceramics in a wide range of applications.

Many by-products produced by high-volume industries can be used as feedstocks for geopolymers and related alkali-activated (or more broadly, chemically-activated) binder systems, including fly ash, mine tailings, metallurgical slags, and bauxite residues. Control of composition and chemical structure can produce geopolymers with diverse and attractive physical and mechanical properties. These materials have demonstrated desirable mechanical properties, good resistance to acid corrosion, heat, and fire, and have found applications ranging from construction and high-tech composites, to waste immobilisation for the environmental and nuclear industries.

This conference aims to collect scientific and industrial contributions, to find technical solutions enabling the application of geopolymers and related materials, to reduce waste and emissions in ceramic and cement manufacturing, and to provide high-performance materials.

The key goal of the conference is to enable the transfer of information between specialists in these disparate areas of science and engineering:

  • Significantly reduce Greenhouse gas emissions in construction
  • Improve the technical performance of materials used in construction, composites and related products
  • Use large volumes of industrial (waste) by-products or low-value natural minerals in place of virgin resources
  • Effectively immobilize hazardous, toxic and/or radioactive wastes
  • Increase resource efficiency by producing cementitious and concrete products with longer service lives.

Those who have undertaken a significant research effort in this direction are invited from all over the world to join the Conference.  This will build from the high attendance and successful outcomes from the first ECI Geopolymers conference, which was held in Hernstein, Austria, in June 2015. The further success of this conference series will represent a step toward meeting the global material needs of society with significantly reduced ecological impacts.

This conference is aimed at providing a holistic perspective across the numerous sectors which are studying, investigating and producing these materials, and taking them from the laboratory into application. Starting from the most advanced fundamental science characterization and models for geopolymer formulations and preparation methods, the final goal is to reach a more broadly valid consideration of the real possibility of geopolymer technology to move to full industrialization.

Geopolymer materials are discussed in featured sessions or topic areas at many conferences on construction materials and ceramics, but there are few dedicated meetings in this field which are open to workers in all aspects of geopolymer technology, from ceramics to composites to cements to concretes.

Participants will report on ongoing work in several laboratories world-wide, which is focused on establishing the scientific and engineering fundamental aspects of the geopolymer process and its applications. As key participants have already had industrial experience in the application of geopolymer formulations, they will report on commercial successes in this field, and key lessons learnt.

Conference Organization

Conference Chairs:

J. Provis, University of Sheffield
C. Leonelli, Univ. of Modena and Reggio Emilia
W. Kriven, Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
A. Boccaccini, Univ. of Erlangen-Nuremberg
A. Van Riessen, Curtin University, Australia

International Scientific Committee 

Susan Bernal, University of Sheffield, UK
Maria Chiara Bignozzi, University of Bologna, Italy
Arnaud Castel, University of New South Wales, Australia
Chris Cheeseman, Imperial College London, UK
Huisu Chen, Southeast University, Nanjing, P. R. China
Prinya Chindaprasirt, Khon Kaen University, Thailand
Gianmarco de Felice, University Roma Tre, Italy
Katja Dombrowski-Daube, Technische Universität Bergakademie Freiberg, Germany
Vilma Ducman, ZAG, Slovenia
Gregor Gluth, BAM, Germany
Kazuo Ichimiya, National Institute of Technology, Oita College, Japan
Evan Jamieson, Curtin University of Technology, Australia
Ana Paula Kirchheim, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
Kostas Komnitsas, Technical University of Crete, Greece
Pavel Krivenko, Kiev National Univ. of Civil Engineering &Architecture, Ukraine
Sanjay Kumar, CSIR-National Metallurgical Laboratory, India
Sujeong Lee, Korea Institute of Geosciences and Mineral Resources, South Korea
Zongjin Li, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong
Kenneth J. D. MacKenzie, Victoria University of Wellington, NewZealand
Donald Macphee, University of Aberdeen, UK
Fernando Pacheco-Torgal, Universidade do Minho, Portugal
Angel Palomo, Institute of Construction Science Eduardo Torroja (IETcc), Madrid, Spain
Yiannis Pontikes, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium
Arnaud Poulesquen, Atomic Energy and Alternative Energies Commission, France
Francisca Puertas, Institute of Construction Science Eduardo Torroja (IETcc), Madrid, Spain
Hubert Rahier, Vrije Universiteit Brussels, Belgium
William Rickard, Curtin University of Technology, Australia
Sylvie Rossignol, GEMH, Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Céramique Industrielle, France
Kwesi Sagoe-Crentsil, CSIRO, Melbourne, Australia
Jay Sanjayan, Swinburne University, Australia
Caijun Shi, Hunan University/China Building Materials Academy, China
Jannie S. J. van Deventer, Zeobond Group, Australia

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Abstract Submission

One-page abstracts should be submitted as soon as possible and no later than the deadlines noted below.  The abstract should include both the significance of the research as well as results that will be discussed to allow a scientific assessment of the work by the organizers. Please indicate if the abstract is for an oral or poster presentation. Only a limited number of oral presentation slots are available.  Thus all submissions for oral presentations will be considered for both oral and poster.

Deadline for abstracts for oral presentations:                     Closed
Deadline for abstracts for poster presentations:                Closed

Please prepared your abstract according to this template: docx or doc.

All abstracts should be submitted electronically and submissions must follow the template provided at this link.

There will be a poster competition for the Best Student Poster and Best Overall Poster.

Conference Venue

Tomar, Portugal– Situated in the geographic center of Portugal, Tomar (about 135 km northeast of Lisbon) was founded by the notorious Knights Templar in 1160. The Templars were part monks, part warriors and plotted crusades from Tomar for centuries. They established the beginnings of the Convento de Cristo, Tomar’s most famous landmark, on a hill overlooking town. The Convento combines architectural styles from the 12th through 17th centuries. An ornate octagonal canopy protects the high altar of the Templo dos Templares, modeled after the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, and the grounds of the convent contain eight cloisters embracing a variety of styles.

The Templars earned a reputation as ferocious fighters, and won the admiration and trust of both rich and poor. They served as protectors and transporters of Christian kings, power brokers and pilgrims and grew famous as bankers. The Templars acquired great wealth, but made many enemies in the process. Pope Clement V accepted accusations of heresy, blasphemy and sacrilege leveled against the Templars by Philip the Fair, king of France, and many Templars were imprisoned or executed. King Dinis of Portugal allowed them to regroup their forces under the new aegis of the Order of Christ. Prince Henry the Navigator became Administrator after the Templars became the Order of Christ and he used much their wealth to finance his explorations.

Tomar is divided by the River Nabão, the banks of which are dotted with weirs and wheels once used to water vegetable gardens and orchards. The irrigation techniques illustrate the Muslim tradition of hydraulic engineering. Most sights, accommodations and shops lie on the west bank of the river and the lush Parque Mouchão straddles the two banks. The ancient yet functional Ponte Velha (Old Bridge) connects the two. Tomar’s main shopping thoroughfare is rua Serpa Pinto, known locally as Corre Doura. Outlets for folklore, pottery, copperware and wrought iron highlight it. Tascas and bars are scattered throughout the city, with some offering live music.

Hotel dos Templários– Situated near the heart of Tomar’s Old Town, the Hotel dos Templários is the largest hotel in the district. Many rooms offer views of the Convent of Christ and the public areas, including lounges and terrace-view dining rooms, are spacious. The hotel offers room service, laundry, a barbershop, a beauty parlor, a billiards room and baby-sitting. There are wide sun terraces, indoor and outdoor pools, a tennis court and a greenhouse. The hotel also has large gardens. Rooms have air conditioning, private bathrooms, televisions and minibars. Free parking is available.

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For more information on the area, please visit these web sites:

Convento de Cristo                                  Sacred Destinations

Tomar Tourist Guide                              Tomar Essential Guide

Tomar Weather


By train from Lisbon:

The trip from Lisbon to Tomar takes approximately 1½ hours. Upon arrival at the Tomar train station, taxis are available for the short (about one or two kilometer)r trip to the Hotel Dos Templarios.  RailEurope

By automobile from Lisbon:

The rental car companies will provide maps and driving instructions.  Allow between 1-1/2 – 2 hours for the trip, depending on traffic. The hotel provides free parking.

Conference Fees and Registration

Conference Fees

All conference fees are inclusive. They include registration, accommodations (Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday nights), all meals (with the exception of Tuesday dinner on your own), drinks, and taxes from dinner on Sunday through lunch on Friday. The hotel will bill Incidental fees (faxes, laundry, etc.) to your personal account.


The conference fees are:

Register on or before April 30, 2018 Register after April 30, 2018
Participant (single occupancy or sharing room with a guest; guest fee additional**) US $1,810.00 US $2010.00
Participant (sharing a room with another participant) US $1,625.00 US $1,825.00
Bona fide Graduate Student (sharing a room with another student) (Those in this category must send proof of current status – copy of current Student ID can be faxed to 1-212-514-6030 or emailed to US $1,210.00 US $1410.00
**Fees for Guest/accompanying person sharing bedroom with single occupancy participant. (A guest badge will be issued and this fee Includes all conference meals and the excursion.) US $585.00 US $585.00
Guests may opt for bed and breakfast only; however, there are no partial meal packages and no badges will be issued.  Contact Kathy Chan.

If you plan to bring children to the conference, please contact ECI ( for pricing.

Conference Registration

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If you are not certain if you already have a login and password, please click on automated password retrieval and enter your e-mail address before creating a new account. If we do not have a valid email address on file for you, a pop up window will appear stating that no records were located. Click “OK” and then follow the instructions to create a new account.

If you have any questions or experience any difficulties, please email

Pre-and Post-Conference Reservations

If you are planning to arrive early (before May 27) or to stay after the conference (night of June 1, 2 or 3, you MUST make hotel reservations directly with the hotel.  Use the appropriate form on THIS PAGE to make your reservations.

If you have any questions or experience any difficulties, please email

Special Notes for Payment

We suggest that you register as soon as possible to be certain that you will have a hotel room at the conference rate.  Late registrations will be accepted on a space available basis and late registrants may be housed in a nearby hotel.

All participants are encouraged to register before April 30, 2018.  There is a discounted price for registering before this date.  Hotel space cannot be guaranteed for registrations received after this date.  Your registration is not officially confirmed until we receive payment of the amount due.  ECI reserves the right to cancel your room registration if payment is not received. Your invoice/receipt will automatically be e-mailed upon of receipt of your registration.  Should you need a signed receipt, please contact Kathy Chan (

Because of contractual guarantees made with the hotel for room and meal functions, no shows, late arrivals, missed meals and early departures cannot receive fee adjustments.  If you have a disability and may require accommodation in order to participate fully in this conference, please indicate this when you register. An ECI representative will contact you to discuss your specific needs. If you have special dietary requirements (e.g., vegetarian or a food allergy), please make a note on your registration.  The chef needs to know this information in advance if we are to accommodate you. ECI will attempt to accommodate special requests such as Kosher or Halal meals, but such meals may not be available at all conference sites. The participant must pay any additional costs for special meal requests to ECI.

Payment must be made by credit card (Visa, MasterCard, and Amex), check or money order drawn on a U.S. bank in U.S. dollars, payable to ENGINEERING CONFERENCES INTERNATIONAL. Checks or money orders in any other currencies are NOT ACCEPTABLE.  Payment must be made on the web site except for those who are sending payment by wire transfer or have a purchase order from their company/institution.

WIRE TRANSFER PAYMENT: If you are planning to make payment by wire transfer, please contact ECI for the bank information. You must add $30 to cover ECI bank charges. Please reference your full name and the conference title.  Either fax a copy of your bank transfer papers to ECI (Fax: +1-212-514-6030) or email a scanned copy to  This is very important – otherwise it is extremely difficult to trace your payment and you may not receive a receipt prior to the conference.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellation must be received by ECI in writing at least 28 days prior to the start of the conference in order for a full refund (less a processing fee) to be considered. The ECI auditors require that refunds for all conference cancellations be processed after the conference so that the necessary back-up information (e.g., hotel list of those in-house) can be attached to the refund request and ECI can verify that the hotel has not charged a cancellation fee.

Cancellation fees:

  • Cancellations received more than 28 days prior to the conference start date are subject to a processing fee of 4% of the total fee, plus any direct expenses incurred by ECI.
  • Cancellations received 15 – 28 days prior to the conference start date are subject to a $250 cancellation fee plus any direct expenses incurred by ECI.
  • Cancellations received 8 – 14 days prior to the conference start date are subject to a $500 cancellation fee plus any direct expenses incurred by ECI.
  • No refunds will be issued for cancellations received less than 7 days prior to the conference start date.
  • No refunds will be issued due to inclement weather or travel disruptions/cancellations.

Registrations may be transferred without incurring any penalty or cancellation fee.

Denied or delayed visa

If a participant is forced to cancel due to a denied or delayed entry visa, ECI will issue a full refund if ECI has been notified of a potential visa issue at least four weeks prior to the conference start date.

Change of payment method

If an attendee who has already paid the conference fee with a credit card requests that the fee be refunded to that card so that it can be paid in a different manner (e.g., charged to an alternate credit card, or paid via check or bank transfer), a processing fee of 4% of the total fee amount will apply.


It may be necessary for reasons beyond the control of ECI to alter the content and timing of the program or the identity of the speakers. In the unfortunate circumstance that an event is cancelled, ECI is not liable for any costs incurred by participants in connection with their attendance.

Smoking is prohibited at ECI conferences and conference functions.

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Preliminary Program

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