Strong and Multifunctional Geopolymer Composites: A Multi-Scale Study
Geo polymers are amorphous inorganic polymers that result from the reaction between an aluminosilicate source and an alkali metal hydroxide or silicate solution. They present various appealing attributes such as rapid hardening, early strength, low shrinkage, freeze-thaw resistance and excellent acid resistance. The research objective is to build novel multi-scale computational approaches that can connect the effective response to the micro- and nano- constituents. The project will promote the use of geopolymer composites as low-carbon Portland cement alternative, low-level nuclear waste containment, heavy metal waste encapsulation, and biomaterials for bone regeneration.
Funding source: National Science Foundation.