Geopolymers are materials which are used for fire- and heat-resistant coatings and adhesives, medicinal applications, high-temperature ceramics, new binders for fire-resistant fiber composites, toxic and radioactive waste encapsulation and as cementing components to make concrete. The properties and uses of geopolymers are being explored in many scientific and industrial disciplines: modern inorganic chemistry, physical chemistry, colloid chemistry, mineralogy, geology, and in other types of engineering process technologies. Raw materials used in the synthesis of silicon-based polymers are mainly rock-forming minerals of geological origin, hence the name: geopolymer. Joseph Davidovits coined the term in 1978 and created the non profit French scientific institution (Association Loi 1901) Institut Géopolymère (Geopolymer Institute).
According to T.F. Yen geopolymers can be classified into two major groups: pure inorganic geopolymers and organic containing geopolymers, synthetic analogues of naturally occurring macromolecules. In the following presentation, a geopolymer is essentially a mineral chemical compound or mixture of compounds consisting of repeating units, for example silico-oxide (-Si-O-Si-O-), silico-aluminate (-Si-O-Al-O-), ferro-silico-aluminate (-Fe-O-Si-O-Al-O-) or alumino-phosphate (-Al-O-P-O-), created through a process of geopolymerization. This mineral synthesis (geosynthesis) was first presented at an IUPAC symposium in 1976.
The microstructure of geopolymers is essentially temperature dependent:
- It is X-rays amorphous at room temperature,
- But evolved into a crystalline matrix at temperatures above 500 °C.
One can distinguish between two synthesis routes:
- In alkaline medium (Na+, K+, Li+, Ca++, Cs+ and the like);
- 1 What is a geopolymer?
- 2 Geopolymer synthesis
- 3 Commercial applications
- 4 Geopolymer resins and binders
- 5 Geopolymer cements
- 6 Geopolymer applications to arts and archaeology
- 7 References
- 8 Bibliography
- 9 External links
What is a geopolymer?
In the 1950s, Viktor Glukovsky, of Kiev, Ukraine, developed concrete materials originally known under the names "soil silicate concretes" and "soil cements", but since the introduction of the geopolymer concept by Joseph Davidovits, the terminology and definitions of 'geopolymer' have become more diverse and often conflicting. The examples below were taken from 2011 scientific publications, written by scientists with different backgrounds.
Definitions of the term geopolymer
- '...Geopolymers consist of a polymeric Si–O–Al framework, similar to zeolites. The main difference to zeolite is geopolymers are amorphous instead of crystalline. The microstructure of geopolymers on a nanometer scale observed by TEM comprises small aluminosilicate clusters with pores dispersed within a highly porous network. The clusters sizes are between 5 and 10 nanometers.'
For geopolymer material chemists
- '...The reaction produces SiO4 and AlO4, tetrahedral frameworks linked by shared oxygens as poly(sialates) or poly(sialate–siloxo) or poly(sialate–disiloxo) depending on the SiO2/Al2O3 ratio in the system. The connection of the tetrahedral frameworks is occurred via long-range covalent bonds. Thus, geopolymer structure is perceived as dense amorphous phase consisting of semi-crystalline 3-D alumino-silicate microstructure.'
For alkali-cement scientists
- '... Geopolymers are framework structures produced by condensation of tetrahedral aluminosilicate units, with alkali metal ions balancing the charge associated with tetrahedral Al. Conventionally, geopolymers are synthesized from a two-part mix, consisting of an alkaline solution (often soluble silicate) and solid aluminosilicate materials. Geopolymerization occurs at ambient or slightly elevated temperature, where the leaching of solid aluminosilicate raw materials in alkaline solutions leads to the transfer of leached species from the solid surfaces into a growing gel phase, followed by nucleation and condensation of the gel phase to form a solid binder.'
For ceramic scientists
- '...Geopolymers are a class of totally inorganic, alumino-silicate based ceramics that are charge balanced by group I oxides. They are rigid gels, which are made under relatively ambient conditions of temperature and pressure into near-net dimension bodies, and which can subsequently be converted to crystalline or glass-ceramic materials.'
The fundamental unit within a geopolymer structure is a tetrahedral complex consisting of Si or Al coordinated through covalent bonds to four oxygens. The geopolymer framework results from the cross-linking between these tetrahedra, which leads to a 3-dimensional aluminosilicate network, where the negative charge associated with tetrahedral aluminium is balanced by a small cationic species, most commonly an alkali metal cation. These alkali metal cations are often ion-exchangeable, as they are associated with, but only loosely bonded to, the main covalent network, similarly to the non-framework cations present in zeolites.
Geopolymerization starts with oligomers
Geopolymerization is the process of combining many small molecules known as oligomers into a covalently bonded network. The geo-chemical syntheses are carried out through oligomers (dimer, trimer, tetramer, pentamer) which are believed to contribute to the formation of the actual structure of the three-dimensional macromolecular framework, either through direct incorporation or through rearrangement via monomeric species. These oligomers are named by some geopolymer chemists as sialates following the scheme developed by Davidovits, although this terminology is not universally accepted within the research community due in part to confusion with the earlier (1952) use of the same word to refer to the salts of the important biomolecule sialic acid. In 2000, T.W. Swaddle and his team proved the existence of soluble isolated alumino-silicate molecules in solution in relatively high concentrations and high pH, at very low temperatures, as low as −9 °C. Indeed, it was discovered that the polymerization at room temperature of oligo-sialates was taking place on a time scale of around 100 milliseconds, i.e. 100 to 1000 times faster than the polymerization of ortho-silicate, oligo-siloxo units. At room temperature or higher, the reaction is so fast that it cannot be detected with conventional analytical equipment.
The image shows 5 soluble oligomers of the K-poly(sialate) / poly(sialate-siloxo) species, which are the actual starting units of potassium-based alumino-silicate geopolymerization.
Example of (-Si-O-Al-O-) geopolymerization with metakaolin MK-750 in alkaline medium
It involves four main phases comprising seven chemical reaction steps:
- Alkaline depolymerization of the poly(siloxo) layer of kaolinite;
- Formation of the ortho-sialate (OH)3-Si-O-Al-(OH)3 molecule (#1 in the figure);
- In the presence of waterglass (soluble K-polysiloxonate) one gets the creation of ortho-sialate-disiloxo cyclic structure (#5 in the figure), whereby the alkali KOH is liberated and reacts again;
- Geopolymerization (polycondensation) into higher oligomers and polymeric 3D-networks.
The geopolymerization kinetics for Na-poly(sialate-siloxo) and K-poly(sialate-siloxo) are slightly different respectively. This is probably due to the different dimensions of the Na+ and K+ cations, K+ being bigger than Na+.
Example of zeolitic (Si-O-Al-O-) geopolymerization with fly ash in alkaline medium
It involves 5 main phases
- Nucleation stage in which the aluminosilicates from the fly ash particle dissolve in the alkaline medium (Na+), releasing aluminates and silicates, probably as monomers.
- These monomers inter-react to form dimers, which in turn react with other monomers to form trimers, tetramers and so on.
- When the solution reaches saturation, an aluminum-rich gel (denominated Gel 1) precipitates.
- As the reaction progresses, more Si-O groups in the initial solid source dissolve, increasing the silicon concentration in the medium and gradually raising the proportion of silicon in the zeolite precursor gel (Gel 2).
- Polycondensation into zeolite-like 3D-frameworks.
Geopolymerization forms aluminosilicate frameworks that are similar to those of rock-forming minerals. Yet, there are major differences. In 1994, Davidovits presented a theoretical structure for K-poly(sialate-siloxo) (K)-(Si-O-Al-O-Si-O) that was consistent with the NMR spectra. It does not show the presence of water in the structure because he only focused on the relationship between Si, Al, Na, K, atoms. Water is present only at temperatures below 150 °C – 200 °C, whereas numerous geopolymer industrial and commercial applications work at temperatures above 200 °C, up to 1400 °C, i.e. at temperatures above dehydroxylation. Nevertheless, scientists working on low temperature applications, such as cements and waste management, tried to pinpoint cation hydration and water molecules. This model shows an incompletely reacted geopolymer (left in the figure), which involves free Si-OH groups that will later with time or with temperature polycondense with opposed Al-O-K, into Si-O-Al-O sialate bonds. The water released by this reaction either remains in the pores, is associated with the framework similarly to zeolitic water, or can be released and removed. Several 3D-frameworks are described in the book 'Geopolymer Chemistry and Applications'. After dehydroxylation (and dehydration), generally above 250 °C, geopolymers become more and more crystalline (right in the picture) and above 500-1000 °C (depending on the nature of the alkali cation present) crystallise and have X-ray diffraction patterns and framework structures identical to their geological analogues.
There exist a wide variety of potential and existing applications. Some of the geopolymer applications are still in development whereas others are already industrialized and commercialized. See the incomplete list provided by the Geopolymer Institute. They are listed in three major categories:
Geopolymer resins and binders
- Fire-resistant materials, thermal insulation, foams;
- Low-energy ceramic tiles, refractory items, thermal shock refractories;
- High-tech resin systems, paints, binders and grouts;
- Bio-technologies (materials for medicinal applications);
- Foundry industry (resins), tooling for the manufacture of organic fiber composites;
- Composites for infrastructures repair and strengthening, fire-resistant and heat-resistant high-tech carbon-fiber composites for aircraft interior and automobile;
- Radioactive and toxic waste containment;
Geopolymer cements and concretes
- Low-tech building materials (clay bricks),
- Low-CO2 cements and concretes;
Arts and archaeology
- Decorative stone artifacts, arts and decoration;
- Cultural heritage, archaeology and history of sciences.
Geopolymer resins and binders
The class of geopolymer materials is described by Davidovits to comprise:
- Metakaolin MK-750-based geopolymer binder
- chemical formula (Na,K)-(Si-O-Al-O-Si-O-), ratio Si:Al=2 (range 1.5 to 2.5)
- Silica-based geopolymer binder
- chemical formula (Na,K)-n(Si-O-)-(Si-O-Al-), ratio Si:Al>20 (range 15 to 40).
- Sol-gel-based geopolymer binder (synthetic MK-750)
- chemical formula (Na,K)-(Si-O-Al-O-Si-O-), ratio Si:Al=2
The first geopolymer resin was described in a French patent application filed by J. Davidovits in 1979. The American patent, US 4,349,386, was granted on Sept. 14, 1982 with the title Mineral Polymers and methods of making them. It essentially involved the geopolymerization of alkaline soluble silicate [waterglass or (Na,K)-polysiloxonate] with calcined kaolinitic clay (later coined metakaolin MK-750 to highlight the importance of the temperature of calcination, namely 750 °C in this case). In 1985, Kenneth MacKenzie and his team from New-Zealand, discovered the Al(V) coordination of calcined kaolinite (MK-750). This had a great input towards a better understanding of its geopolymeric reactivity.[disputed ]
Potential utilization for geopolymer composites materials
Metakaolin MK-750-based and Silica-based geopolymer resins are used to impregnate fibers and fabrics to obtain geopolymer matrix-based fiber composites. These products are fire-resistant; they release no smoke and no toxic fumes. They were tested and recommended by major international institutions such as the American Federal Aviation Administration FAA. FAA selected the carbon-geopolymer composite as the best candidate for the fire-resistant cabin program (1994-1997).
Flashover is a phenomenon unique to compartment fires where incomplete combustion products accumulate at the ceiling and ignite causing total involvement of the compartment materials and signaling the end to human survivability. Consequently, in a compartment fire the time to flashover is the time available for escape and this is the single most important factor in determining the fire hazard of a material or set of materials in a compartment fire. The Federal Aviation Administration has used the time-to-flashover of materials in aircraft cabin tests as the basis for a heat release and heat release rate acceptance criteria for cabin materials for commercial aircraft. The figure shows how the best organic-matrix made of engineering thermoplastics reaches flashover after the 20 minute ignition period and generates appreciable smoke, while the geopolymer-matrix composite will never ignite, reach flashover, or generate any smoke in a compartment fire.
Carbon-geopolymer composite is applied on racing cars around exhaust parts. This technology could be transferred and applied for the mass production of regular automobile parts (corrosion-resistant exhaust pipes and the like) as well as heat shields. A well-known motorcar manufacturer already developed a geopolymer-composite exhaust pipe system.
There is often confusion between the meanings of the two terms geopolymer cement and geopolymer concrete. A cement is a binder, whereas concrete is the composite material resulting from the addition of cement to stone aggregates. In other words, to produce concrete one purchases cement (generally portland cement or geopolymer cement) and adds it to the concrete batch.
There is ongoing debate regarding the distinction between geopolymer cement and alkali-activated cement and concrete. Despite more than 50 years of application in Eastern Europe after the development by V.D. Glukhovsky, alkali-activated materials are not in general sold to third parties as commercial cement. They are instead marketed as 'alkali-activated concretes'. Conversely, geopolymer chemistry was from the start aimed at manufacturing binders and cements for various types of applications. For example the Northern Ireland-based company banah UK (http://www.banahuk.co.uk) sells its banah-Cem™ as geopolymer cement, whereas the Australian company Zeobond (http://www.zeobond.com) markets its E-crete™ as geopolymer concrete (not cement).
Portland cement chemistry vs geopolymer chemistry
Left: hardening of portland cement (P.C.) through hydration of calcium silicate into calcium silicate hydrate and lime Ca(OH)2.
Right: hardening (setting) of geopolymer resin (GP) through poly-condensation of potassium oligo-(sialate-siloxo) into potassium poly(sialate-siloxo) cross linked network.
CO2 emission during manufacture
- 5CaCO3 + 2SiO2 → (3CaO,SiO2)(2CaO,SiO2) + 5CO2
The production of 1 tonne of Portland clinker directly generates 0.45-0.55 tonnes of chemical CO2 and requires the combustion of carbon fuel, which to yield an additional 0.30-0.40 tonnes of carbon dioxide.
- To simplify: 1 t of portland cement = 0.75-0.95 t of carbon dioxide
On the other hand, geopolymer cements do not rely on calcium carbonate and generate much less CO2 during manufacture, i.e. a reduction in the range of 40% to 80-90%. For detailed calculation go to the article Geopolymer cement.
Geopolymer cement categories
- Slag-based geopolymer cement.
- Rock-based geopolymer cement.
- Fly ash-based geopolymer cement
- Ferro-sialate-based geopolymer cement.
Slag-based geopolymer cement
The first geopolymer cement developed in the 1980s was of the type (K,Na,Ca)-poly(sialate) (or slag-based geopolymer cement) and resulted from the research developments carried out by Joseph Davidovits and J.L. Sawyer at Lone Star Industries, USA and yielded to the invention of the well known Pyrament® cement. The American patent application was filed in 1984 and the patent US 4,509,985 was granted on April 9, 1985 with the title 'Early high-strength mineral polymer'. The combination of alkali sources with blast furnace slag to produce cementing binders was known since the pioneering work of J. Whiting (U.S. Patent 544,706, 1895), H. Kuhl (U.S. Patent 900,939), and others including A.O. Purdon, who marketed such a material as 'Purdociment' in the 1950s in Belgium, and these materials later began to be described by some researchers using geopolymer nomenclature.
Fly ash-based geopolymer cement
In the 1990s, building on the works conducted on slag-based and clay-based geopolymeric cements, on the long-term success of fly ash as a pozzolanic additive to concrete, and on the synthesis of zeolites from fly ashes, workers including Wastiels et al., Silverstrim et al., and van Jaarsveld and van Deventer developed geopolymeric fly ash-based cements.
Geopolymer applications to arts and archaeology
Because geopolymer artifacts look like natural stone, several artists started to cast in silicone rubber molds replications of their sculptures. For example, in the 1980s, the French artist Georges Grimal worked on several geopolymer castable stone formulations.
Egyptian Pyramid stones
With respects to archaeological applications, in the mid-1980s, Joseph Davidovits presented his first analytical results carried out on genuine pyramid stones. He claimed that the ancient Egyptians knew how to generate a geopolymeric reaction in the making of a re-agglomerated limestone blocks. The Ukrainian scientist G.V. Glukhovsky endorsed Davidovits' research in his keynote paper to the First Intern. Conf. on Alkaline Cements and Concretes, Kiev, Ukraine, 1994. Later on, several materials scientists and physicists took over these archaeological studies and are publishing their results, essentially on pyramid stones.
From the digging of ancient Roman ruins, one knows that approximately 95% of the concretes and mortars constituting the Roman buildings consist of a very simple lime cement, which hardened slowly through the precipitating action of carbon dioxide CO2, from the atmosphere and formation of calcium silicate hydrate (CSH). This is a very weak to medium good material that was used essentially in the making of foundations and in buildings for the populace.
But for the building of their "ouvrages d’art", especially works related to water storage (cisterns, aqueducts), the Roman architects did not hesitate to use more sophisticated and expensive ingredients. These outstanding Roman cements are based on the calcic activation of ceramic aggregates (in Latin testa, analogue to our modern metakaolin MK-750) and alkali rich volcanic tuffs (cretoni, zeolitic pozzolan), respectively with lime. MAS-NMR Spectroscopy investigations were carried out on these high-tech Roman cements dating to the 2nd century AD. They show their geopolymeric make-up.
- An article published by the Commission of the European Communities in 1982, outlines the reasons why the generic term geopolymer was chosen for this new chemistry. See: J. Davidovits, The Need to Create a New Technical Language For the Transfer of Basic Scientific Information, in Transfer and Exploitation of Scientific and Technical Information, Proceedings of the symposium, Luxemburg, 10–12 June 1981, pp. 316-320. It is available as a pdf-file and may be downloaded from the European Parliament Bookshop. Go to < http://bookshop.europa.eu/en/transfer-and-exploitation-of-scientific-and-technical-information-pbCD3381271/> and click on 'download'.
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