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


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 Program

Program and Posters.

Student Awards

-Oral Presentations-

1st Place — Alastair Marsh

2nd Place — Juan Pablo Gevaudan

3rd Place — Nicoletta Toniolo

-Poster Presentations-

1st Place — Byoungkwan Kim, Korea University of Science and Technology

2nd Place — Alberto Conte, University of Padova


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General Information about ECI

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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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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)