Geopolymers II: 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

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.

Visit http://www.hoteldostemplarios.pt/templarios_en.html to see photos of the hotel.

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

Convento de Cristo                                  Sacred Destinations

Tomar Tourist Guide                              Tomar Essential Guide

Tomar Weather

Transportation

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.

General Information about ECI

Engineering Conferences International (ECI) is a global engineering conferences program, originally established in 1962, that provides opportunities for the exploration of problems and issues of concern to engineers and scientists from many disciplines.

The format of the weeklong research conference provides morning and late afternoon or evening sessions in which major presentations are made. Available time is included during the afternoons for ad hoc meetings, informal discussions, and/or recreation. This format is designed to enhance rapport among participants and promote dialogue on the development of the meeting. We believe that the conferences have been instrumental in generating ideas and disseminating information to a greater extent than is possible through more conventional forums.

All participants are expected both to attend the entire conference and to contribute actively to the discussions. The recording of lectures and presentations is forbidden. As ECI conferences take place in an informal atmosphere, casual clothing is the usual attire.

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