Research & Development

SoLEED team are conducting numerous investigations on the performance of concrete materials and chemical admixtures, and developing numerous chemical and instrumental methods for troubleshooting cementitious systems. In 2008, SoLEED began product research for application of chemical admixtures for concrete, using Nanotechnology to offer a route to precisely engineer concrete for specific applications, reducing costs and increasing performance. It will therefore have a sustained and important impact on the future of the construction industry.

Cement and Concrete Nanoscience & Nanotechnology

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Concrete science is a multidisciplinary area of research where nanotechnology potentially offers the opportunity to enhance the understanding of concrete behavior, to engineer its properties and to lower production and ecological cost of construction materials.

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Concrete is the single most commonly used construction material in the world. More than 2.6 billion tons of OPC (Ordinary Portland Cement) was produced worldwide in 2007 [90], corresponding to more than 17 billion tons of concrete. This production of OPC was used in a wide range of products, ranging from basement foundations and house walls through road pavement and pre-cast lamp poles to bridges, dams and high rise towers.

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Recent work in the area of concrete materials research has shown the potential of improving concrete properties by modifying the structure of cement hydrates, addition of nanoparticles and nanotubes and controlling the delivery of admixtures. The overall potential is, however, very high. Nanotechnology offers a route to precisely engineer concrete for specific applications, reducing costs and increasing performance.

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Developing cement and concrete related nanotechnology will therefore have a sustained and important impact on the future of the construction industry.