Nanocem is a consortium of academic and private industry groups that researches the properties of cement and concrete on the nano- and micro-scales, with a particular focus on reducing carbon dioxide emissions at all stages of production. Nanocem was founded as an independent consortium in 2004 after a rejection of a 2002 bid to the Network of Excellence (European Framework Programme). The research is conducted at a fundamental level. Yet high levels of industry involvement allow to focus on solutions that can work in practice and not just in theory.
This unique model of cooperation between industry and the academic community has led to the identification of common issues, shared knowledge and clear benefits for all those involved. For instance Nanocem has been able to help map the research needs for lower carbon concrete. This guidance helped focus research by companies and third parties.
The consortium is headquartered in Lausanne, Switzerland. As of 2018, it includes 34 organizations and supports more than 120 researchers. There are some 60 PhD and PostDoctoral research projects in the area of fundamental research that have been supported by Nanocem.
Nanocem's eleven completed core projects have included studies of interactions between admixtures and cement, concrete durability, the kinetics of cement hydration, and the use of magnetic resonance imaging techniques in concrete analysis. Recent Nanocem-sponsored projects have included the use of nanotechnology in cementitious materials, the effects of sulfate on concrete, the development of a bipolar mineral organic composite that can bond with Portland cement on one pole and polymerize with the other, and studies of cement hydration at the molecular level. Its research has led to more than one hundred published papers and conference papers. There are some 120 academic researchers in the team who between them are in the process of managing some 60 PhD and PostDoctoral research projects in the area of fundamental research.
Nanocem consists of 34 academic and private industry partners. The members of Nanocem collectively have access to a large range of state of the art equipment for the study of cementitious materials.
- Aarhus University
- Bauhaus-Universität Weimar
- Czech Technical University in Prague
- Danish Technological Institute
- École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne
- ETH Zurich
- Eduardo Torroja Institute for Construction Science
- French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission
- French institute of science and technology for transport, spatial planning, development and networks
- Imperial College London
- Lund University
- Norwegian University of Science and Technology
- Polytechnic University of Catalonia
- Slovenian National Building and Civil Engineering Institute
- Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology
- Technical University of Denmark
- Technical University of Munich
- University of Aberdeen
- University of Burgundy
- University of Leeds
- University of Sheffield
- University of Surrey
- vdz gGmbH
- Vienna University of Technology
- Aalborg Portland
- GCP Applied Technologies
- Siam Cement
- Sika AG
- Titan Cement
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