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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.[1][2] 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 consortium is headquartered in Lausanne, Switzerland. As of 2018, it includes 34 organizations and supports more than 120 researchers.[3]

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.[4] Recent Nanocem-sponsored projects have included the use of nanotechnology in cementitious materials,[5][6] the effects of sulfate on concrete,[7] the development of a bipolar mineral organic composite that can bond with Portland cement on one pole and polymerize with the other,[8] and studies of cement hydration at the molecular level.[9] Its research has led to more than one hundred published papers and conference papers.[10]

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Nanocem consists of 34 academic and private industry partners.[3][11]




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  6. ^ Hao, X.H., Zhang, A.Q., Yang, W. "Study on the Performance of Nano Calcium Carbonate Modified Asphalt Concrete AC-13". Advanced Materials Research 450.2: 503-07. 2012.
  7. ^ Scrivener, K. L. "Importance of Microstructural Understanding for Durable and Sustainable Concrete." Concrete Repair, Rehabilitation and Retrofitting. Eds. Mark G. Alexander, Hans-Dieter Beushausen, Frank Dehn, Pilate Moyo. CRC Press, 2008. pp. 11-17. Accessed via Google Books 18-5-16.
  8. ^ Li, Z. Advanced Concrete Technology. John Wiley & Sons, 2011. Accessed via Google Books 18-5-16.
  9. ^ Birgisson, B., Taylor, P., Armaghani, J., Shah, S. "American road map for research for nanotechnology-based concrete materials." Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board 2142. 2010.
  10. ^ "Our Publications". Nanocem. Accessed 4-4-17.
  11. ^ Mulot, R. “Pour faire sa révolution, le béton fait appel aux nanosciences”. Sciences et Avenir. 16 October 2008.
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