GPCamp 2014

The Geopolymer Camp 2014, was held on July 7th to 9th 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.

Special thanks to our sponsor: AVENSO (Avenir Energies Solutions, Dominique Bruch)


The GeopolymerCamp 2014 spanned 3 days:

Special topic of interest: World’s first public building with structural Geopolymer Concrete in Brisbane, Australia.

Monday July 07 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 08:
9:00: Prof. Joseph Davidovits Keynote: State of the Geopolymer R&D, 2013.
10:45-13:00: First session Themes: What is a geopolymer?
Keynote by Erik G. Søgaard, Aalborg University, Denmark, “Silica-based geopolymer: oligomers characterization”.
13:00: Free Sandwich Lunch
14:00 – 14:45: Keynote by Zdeněk Krahula, Sandteam, Spol.S R.O, Czech Republik, “GEOPOL®- The technology of mould and core production with inorganic binder system in foundry industry”.
14:45-15:30: Second session: Themes: industrial applications (foamed panels, ceramics, high temperature, binders, composites, toxic and radioactive waste containment)
16:30-17:00: Poster session
17:00-18:30 Third Session Ancient Technologies: Geopolymer and Roman cement, restoration of cultural heritage.

Wednesday July 09:
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 2014

It is a review on what happened in 2013 and the first semester of 2014 on geopolymer science and applications. In his keynote, Prof. J. Davidovits developed following topics:

1) Geopolymer science

  • Exponential increase of laboratories and scientific publications
  • Future creation of the Journal of Geopolymer Science
  • Report on Geopolymer WEBINAR 2013 April 16-17: The basics of geopolymer science
  • State of the 15 Research topics on geopolymer science
  • Study of ESPCI-ParisTech, microsilica-based (silica fume) Si speciations in Na-silicate solutions
  • Alkali-activation vs geopolymerization
  • Ferro-sialate (-Fe-O-Si-O-Al-O-) rock-based geopolymer cement
  • Silica-based geopolymer resin (Na,K)nano-poly(silanol)
  • Phosphate-based geopolymer, AlPO4 isomorphs
  • Organic-mineral geopolymer: phenolic, water-based latex, ethyl ester silicate silane, epoxy, compatibility rule: Napoli Parthenope Univ.
  • Geopolymer in ceramic processing, high temperature ceramics (Cs, Li, Ga, Ge)
  • Geopolymer concrete: First structural geopolymer concrete (Brisbane, Wagners/Hasell)

2) Geopolymer technologies

  • More and more jobs creation, which means success in the development of the chemistry.

3) Geopolymer Cements / Concretes

  • Nuclear Decommissioning Authority in UK, reported that Lucideon studied the encapsulation of waste that exceed their expectations.
  • Miliken launched a new product, GeoSpray, a special mortar and grout for infrastructure rehabilitation.
  • North Carolina Charlotte University in the US developed a solar house with fly-ash based geopolymer concrete walls with colling pipes in it.
  • University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia, has built a Global Change Institute which is the world’s first building to successfully use geopolymer concrete for structural purposes.
  • Autralian company Wagners released their Earth Friendly Concrete (EFC, Wagners’ trade mark for geopolymer concrete).
  • Technical data on Wagners’ geopolymer concrete.

4) Geopolymer and archaeology

  • Session developped during this GPCamp.


Keynote: “GEOPOL® – The technology of mould and core production with inorganic binder system in foundry industry by Ing. Zdeněk Krahula, Sandteam, Spol.S R.O, Czech Republik.


Keynote: “Silica-based geopolymer: oligomers characterization” by Prof. Erik G. Søgaard, Aalborg University, Denmark.


Small communications

Session 1: Geopolymer molecular chemistry, scientific investigations, raw materials.

  • Annalisa Natali Murri, CertiMaC./ISTEC CNR, Italy: Chemical consolidation of vegetal and animal derived biomass ashes: a case study
  • Lieven Machiels, K. University Leuven, Belgium: Plasmastone: a novel raw materials for geopolymers
  • Dominique Bruch, AVENSO (Avenir Energies Solutions), Martinique, France: The need for on-site simple analytical means
  • Joseph Davidovits, Geopolymer Institute Saint-Quentin: Discussion on creating the “Journal of Geopolymer Science”

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

  • Soumaya Louati, Ecole Nationale d’Ingénieurs de Sfax, Tunisia: Structural, thermal, and dielectric characterizations of “green” phosphoric acid-based geopolymers
  • Roni Martins Schmeling, Wincret Designer Concrete Products, Brazil: Decorative and architectural geopolymer panels
  • Brian Day, Old Hall Barn, UK: Does geopolymer technology provide materials and methods for producing finished sculpture?
  • Jae-Sol Lee, KONES (Korea Nuclear Engineering Services), Korea: Materials for development of containers for radioactive waste management.

Poster session

  • 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

  • Video, Part 10, Geopolymer Webinar Spring 2014, Geopolymer – Roman cement
  • Frédéric Davidovits, Geopolymer Institute, France: 2,000 Year-old Roman Cement: geology and ancient texts
  • Sergio Tamburini, CNR – IENI, Italy: Challenging Materials for Restoration of Cultural Heritage

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)
  • Minna Sarkkinen, Kajaani University, Finland: Geomaterials project – Geopolymer binder mix development for structural applications
  • Tero Luukkonen, Kajaani University, Finland: Utilization of metakaolin based geopolymer as an effective sorbent medium in various water treatment applications
  • Ivan Man Lung Sham, Nano & Advanced Materials Institute, China: Advanced materials developments in Hong Kong
  • Mihovil Zmar, University of Zagreb, Croatia: Academic solidarity with geopolymer
  • Parames Kamhangrittirong, Kasetsart University, Bangkok, Thailand: The engineering properties and microstructure of high calcium fly ash based geopolymer from Mae-moh power plant
  • David Andresen, Geopolymer Hempcrete, Australia: HempCreate: the art of hemp based geopolymer extrusion
  • Joost Koevoets, IHC Holland, Netherlands: Low temperature Geopolymer combinations for eliminating waste & high resistance materials
  • Wolfram Marwik, Ecotech Swiss GmbH, Switzerland: Creating in an arid environment high/low-tech living and working facilities
  • Dominique Bruch, AVENSO (Avenir Energies Solutions), Martinique, France: Applications inside Negev Desert for massive blocks to make damps and cisterns
  • Christopher Gardner,, Costa Rica: Converting Bauxite clays, within a Super Adobe context, into limestone-like geopolymer bricks
  • Andrew McIntosh, banah UK, N.I, UK: banahCEM Geopolymer Binder System

Panels + Groups