GPCamp 2016

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The Geopolymer Camp 2016, was held on July 4th to 6th at the Campus of the University of Picardie, in Saint-Quentin, France. You will find below three Keynote conferences, the list of short communications and some photos taken during this event.

Special thanks to our sponsor: AVENSO (Avenir Energies Solutions) with Dominique BRUCH

Keynote Conferences in video

State of the Geopolymer R&D 2016
Keynote by Joseph Davidovits.

This video lasts 58 min, a 160 MB file. Click on the icon on the right to watch it fullscreen.

It is a review on what happened in 2015 and the first semester of 2016 on geopolymer science and applications. In his keynote, Prof. J. Davidovits developed following topics:

1) Geopolymer science

  • The purpose of the Geopolymer Camp: people meet together and develop new applications
  • Report on Geopolymer WEBINARs 2016: The basics of geopolymer science with a special focus on cement and concrete
  • Part 3 of Davidovits’ campaign “why alkali-activated materials are not geopolymers?”
  • What scientists are now writing about this issue.

2) Geopolymer technologies

  • Introduction to 3D-Printing with geopolymer binders (with a special session at the Geopolymer Camp)

3) Geopolymer Cements / Concretes

  • Davidovits’ visit to the geopolymer concrete airport at Toowoomba, Australia
  • Davidovits’ visit to the geopolymer concrete building at Brisbane, Australia
  • False CO2 values published in scientific papers


by Giorgia Franchin et al., University of Padova, Italy:
Direct and indirect 3D printing with geopolymers.

This video lasts 27 min, a 63 MB file. Click on the icon on the right to watch it fullscreen.


By Ramani R V, Kiran Global Chems, India:
Practical issues in the commercialization of geopolymer cement GEOCEMENT in India.

This video lasts 56 min, a 128 MB file. Click on the icon on the right to watch it fullscreen.



The GeopolymerCamp 2016 spanned 3 days:

Special topic of interest: focused sessions of 3D-printing with geopolymer binders, on Tuesday July 5th.

Monday July 04, 2016 TUTORIAL

08:30-10:00: Registration to TUTORIAL
10:00-13:00: Workshop with Laboratory demonstrations involving standard recipes.
13:00-14:00: Sandwich Lunch
14:00-17:00: Short Courses + Workshop (Coffee-break 15:45-16:15)

15:30-18:00: Registration to GEOPOLYMER CAMP

Tuesday July 05, 2015, GEOPOLYMER CAMP

8:30: Registration
9:00-9:30: Individual messages from the participants (1-2 minutes)
9:30:10:45: Keynote by Joseph Davidovits: State of the Geopolymer R&D, 2016 with special emphasis on recent developments.
10:45-11:15: Coffee break

First session: at 11:15
Themes: geopolymer molecular chemistry; raw materials, scientific investigations.
 Martin Leute, Wöllner Austria GmbH, Austria., Geosil – ready to use alkali silicates for Geopolymers.
Cyrille Deteuf, Imerys, The manufacture of metakaolins.
– Michael Boatright, Coastal Erosion, USA, Can Red Mud Geo Polymers create abundance in the Oceans?,
– Tomasz Stawski, Helmholtz Centre Potsdam, Germany, The direct characterization of the precursor colloidal phases in applications for sol-gel and mineral systems.
 Joseph Davidovits, Geopolymers based on natural and synthetic metakaolin – a critical review.

13:00: Free Sandwich Lunch

14:00-16:00: Focused Session on 3D-printing with geopolymer binders:

– Keynote: Giorgia Franchin et al., University of Padova, Italy: Direct and indirect 3D printing with geopolymers.
– Panda Biranchi, Nanyang Technological University NTU, Singapore, 3D printing of Geopolymer binders/mortars for construction application.
– Alex Reggiani, Andrey Dudnikov, Marina Dudnikova, Renca RUS, LLC (Joint Italian and Russian company) / Geobeton, LLC (Russia), The application of geopolymer concrete in the first mobile 3D-printer for buildings construction.
– Geopolymer Institute and Christine Pelegris, Picardie University Jules Verne, Saint-Quentin, France, Indirect 3D printing of MK 750-based geopolymer ceramic.

16:00-16:30: Coffee break

Second session: at 16:30
Themes: industrial applications, foamed panels, ceramics, high temperature, binders, composites, toxic and radioactive waste containment.
David Fitzgerald, N.A. Engie Corp. USA, Summary of points of interest and potential in geopolymer technologies from a large scale electricity-power supplier view point,
Chengying Bai, University of Padova, Italy, High strength open cell geopolymer foams with variable macro-porous structure,
– Surya Vesavkar, Impact Solutions, Scotland, U.K., Study on the feasibility of using metakaolin-based geopolymers as fillers in plastics.

Wednesday July 06:

Third session at 9:00-13:00
Themes: building applications, eco-construction, LTGS, bricks, cements, concretes, CO2 mitigation, Global Warming.
– Joseph Davidovits, Geopolymer Institute, WHY DID IT TAKE 30 YEARS from the invention of Geopolymer cement in 1983-1984 until the successful commercialization in Australia, 100,000 tonnes geopolymer concrete for Airport.
9:30 – 10:15: Keynote:  Ramani R V, Kiran Global Chems, India: Practical issues in the commercialization of geopolymer cement GEOCEMENT in India.
– Vidéo “Pyramid stone”
– Dominique Bruch, Potential use of the Egyptian pyramid formula. Finding in the Negev desert (Israel) the right ingredients and formulas for making massive stones in the construction of permanent structures

10:45-11:15: Coffee break
– Mahmoud Khalifeh, University of Stavanger, Norway, Potential utilization of geopolymers for oil well cementing operations,
– Jörg Rathenow, Sinnotec Innovation Consulting GmbH, Germany, Corrosion protection and effective concrete repair with highly resistant geopolymer-based silicate mortars,
– Fernando Castro, University of Minho, Portugal, Incorporation of wastes from the metallurgical industry in geopolymers,
– Shima Pilehvar, Østfold University College, Norway, Investigating the mechanical properties of geopolymer concrete with incorporated micro-encapsulated phase change materials,
– Teewara Suwan, Brunel University, U.K, Dry mixing method of geopolymer for on-site application,
 Xiven Simon Guan, Nano and Advanced Mat. Ins. Ltd, Hong Kong, Applications of Geopolymer Technologies in Hong Kong.
– Liqiu Tang, Elkem, Norway, Microsilica in concrete.

13:00 Free Sandwich Lunch   + Panels – Groups – Discussions  until 15:30
Panels – Groups – Discussions + Free Sandwich Lunch
– Materials Sciences + Products
– Materials Technology & Engineering (+ civil engineering)
– Cements – Concretes (+ raw materials, adjuvants)
– Sustainable / Eco Construction


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