GPCamp 2013

GPCamp 2013

The Geopolymer Camp 2013, was held on July 8th to 10th at the IUT, University of Picardie, in Saint-Quentin, France. You will find below three Keynote conferences, the list of short communications and panel-groups and some photos taken during this event.

PROGRAMME

The GeopolymerCamp 2013 spanned 3 days:

Special topic of interest: focussed session Ancient Technologies on Tuesday afternoon:

Monday July 08 afternoon
14:00-15:30: Registration
15:30-18:30: Individual introduction; each GP Camp participant introduces himself: affiliation, main interest, project involvement, etc. (3 min. per person). Preparation of the sessions schedule, groups of interests, themes.

Tuesday July 09:
9:00: Prof. Joseph Davidovits Keynote: State of the Geopolymer R&D, 2013.
10:45-13:00: First session Themes: Geopolymer molecular chemistry, scientific investigations, GP-Raw materials. Editing the Internet Wikipedia pages on “geopolymer” and “geopolymer cement“..
13:00: Free Sandwich Lunch
14:00 – 14:45: Keynote by Dr. Giuseppina Roviello, Dipartimento per le Tecnologie – Facoltà di Ingegneria, Università di Napoli ‘Parthenope’, Napoli, Italy: “Novel hybrid organic-geopolymer materials”.
14:45-15:30: Second session: Themes: industrial applications (foamed panels, ceramics, high temperature, binders, composites, toxic and radioactive waste containment)
15:30-16:00: Poster session
16:30-18:30 Focused Session Ancient Technologies: Chair: Emer. Prof. Guy Demortier, Namur University, Belgium: – “Micro-analytical evidence that natural limestone of Maadi and Turah are different from Kufu and Kafrè pyramid material”
– Keynote by Dr. Igor Túnyi, Geophysical Institute SAS, Bratislava, Slovak Republic: “Paleomagnetism study supports Pyramid geopolymer stone” (Presentd by Dr. Frédéric Davidovits, Geopolymer Institute)

Wednesday July 12:
9:00 – 11:00: 4th Session: Themes: building applications, LTGS, bricks, cements, concretes, Eco-building, etc…. Chair: Dr. Parames Kamhangrittirong, Kasetsart University, Bangkok
11:00 – 13:00: Panels – Groups
13:00: Free Sandwich Lunch 
+ Panels – Groups

Keynote Conferences in video

State of the Geopolymer R&D 2013

It is a review on what happened in 2012 and the first semester of 2013 on geopolymer science and applications. In his keynote, Prof. J. Davidovits developed following topics:

1) Geopolymer science

  • Exponential increase of laboratories and scientific publications
  • Report on Geopolymer WEBINAR 2013 April 16-17: The basics of geopolymer science
  • Book “Geopolymer Chemistry & Applications” replacing DVD by USB stick
  • State of the 15 Research topics on geopolymer science
  • Adhesion properties on steel and aluminum plates
  • The use of quasicrystals and a tribute to Daniel J. Shechtman, Nobel laureate in chemistry, 2011.
  • Suitability of geopolymers for space applications (telescopes, adhesives)
  • High temperature tensile testing of geopolymer-SIC composites (McLaren racing cars)
  • Adhesion with Organo-silane and general statement on organo-mineral geopolymer hybrids: new synthesis approach

2) Geopolymer technologies

  • PVC/geopolymer composite panels
  • Filing of International PATENT Applications describing geopolymeric materials: the opinion of the International Searching Authority (PCT/WO)
  • Panel composites for aeronautical industry involving flax fiber and geopolymer resin

3) Geopolymer Cements / Concretes

  • Strength increase with addition of 0.5% of cotton fiber
  • Acid resistant geopolymer concrete for CO2 sequestration
  • Word-first production run: 2,500 tonnes of MK/slag-based geopolymer concrete
  • Paving tiles based on steel slag/geopolymer mass-produced in India
  • Cast In-Situ Geopolymer Concrete Structure in India
  • Geopolymer Cement review 2013; the 2 standards: fly ash-based geopolymer cement and (Na,K,Ca)-(ferro-sialate)-based geopolymer cement. Example of India sub-continent< /li>
  • Costs and carbon emission for geopolymer pastes in comparison to OPC: the polemical issue

4) Geopolymer and archaeology

  • Latest analysis of ancient Roman cement suggests geopolymeric make up of cement paste (Al-Tobermorite)
  • Paleomagnetic investigation of great pyramids blocks proves artificial nature

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Keynote: Novel hybrid organic-geopolymer materials by Dr. Giuseppina Roviello, Dipartimento per le Tecnologie – Facoltà di Ingegneria, Università di Napoli ‘Parthenope’, Napoli, Italy

Novel hybrid organic–inorganic materials were prepared through an innovative synthesis approach based on a co-reticulation in mild conditions of epoxy based organic resins and an MK-based geopolymer inorganic matrix. A high compatibility between the organic and inorganic phases, even at appreciable concentration of resin, was realized up to micrometric level. These new materials present significantly enhanced compressive strengths and toughness.

It is based on the incorporation of the organic resin to the geopolymeric matrix suspension when both polymerization reactions are not yet completed. A good compatibility between the organic and the aqueous inorganic phases is obtained thanks to the numerous hydroxyl tails formed during the epoxy ring opening reaction that make the organic phase “temporarily hydrophilic” increasing the compatibility with the aqueous inorganic phase.

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Keynote on Egyptian Pyramids: “Micro-analytical evidence that natural limestone of Maadi and Turah are different from Kufu and Kafrè pyramid material” by Prof. Guy Demortier, Namur University, Belgium, in collaboration with L. Csedreki, E. Furu, Z. Török, I Uzonyi, Institute for Nuclear Research, Hungarian Academy of Sciences – Debrecen (Hungary)

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Small communications

Session 1: Geopolymer molecular chemistry, scientific investigations, raw materials. Discussion on editing the Internet Wikipedia page on “geopolymer”

  • Martin Leute, Wöllner Austria GmbH: Basics of alkali silicates
  • Alf Baker, CEO WA Kaolin, Australia: Metakaolin for Geopolymers
  • Thomas Hanzlicek, Institute of Rock Structure and Mechanics of Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic: Amorphous or Crystalline ?
  • Joseph Davidovits, Geopolymer Institute Saint-Quentin: Discussion on editing the New Internet WIKIPEDIA page on “geopolymer” and “geopolymer cement”.

Session 2: industrial applications (foamed panels, ceramics, high temperature, binders, composites, toxic and radioactive waste containment)

  • Oreste Tarallo, Universita degli Studi di Napoli Frederico II, Italy: Synthesis and Characterization of geopolymer-epoxy hybrid composite
  • Ivana Perna, Institute of Rock Structure and Mechanics of Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic: Materials for geopolymers
  • Nripati Ranjan Bose, Central Glass & Ceramic Research institute, Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR), Govt. of India: Fiber reinforced geopolymer cement-based composites materials.
  • Tomas Hanzlicek, Institute of Rock Structure and Mechanics of Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic: Tests for producing and employing geopolymer materials.

Poster session

  • Marcelo Strozi Cilla: Novel Geopolymer Foams by Gel-Casting
  • François Deroux: Different technologies for Metakaolins production
  • Davidovits & al.: The European Research Project GEOASH, Geopolymer Cement Based on European Fly Ashes
  • F.A.A. + Rutgers U.: Fire-Safety Solutions with Geopolymer Composites
  • Geopolymer Institute: Dehydroxylation Mechanism of Kaolinite into Metakaolin (MK-750)
  • Geopolymer Institute: The Mineral Polymer Concept: Silicones and Geopolymers with Covalent Bonding
  • Ralph Davidovits & al.: 25,000 Year-old Geopolymer Ceramic ? Low-Temperature Manufacture of Prehistoric Black Ceramic
  • Frédéric Davidovits: 2,000 Year-old Roman Cement and Modern Geopolymer Cement: Vitruvius’ Work De Architectura re-visited

Session 3: Ancient Technologies

  • Introduction by Guy Demortier (see keynote)
  • Video: Ari-Kat, the technology of pyramid construction
  • Igor Túnyi, Geophysical Institute SAS, Bratislava, Slovak Republic: “Paleomagnetism study supports Pyramid geopolymer stone” (Presented by Frédéric Davidovits, Geopolymer Institute)

Session 4: building applications, LTGS, bricks, cements, concretes, Eco-building, etc…

  • Joseph Davidovits, Geopolymer Institute: The 6 basic rules in Geopolymer cement processing (+2 videos).
  • Nadezda Eroshkina, Penza State University of Architecture and Construction Penza, Russia, Geopolymer binders based on magmatic rocks
  • Parames Kamhangrittiron, Center of Building Innovation and Technology Building Technology Division Kasetsart University, Thailand: Syntheis an properties of high calcium fly ash based geopolymer for concrete applications
  • Andrew McIntosh, banah UK, N.I, UK: Development of Geopolymer Cement For Use In Construction.

Panels + Groups

Photos