GPCamp 2017

The Geopolymer Camp 2017, was held on July 10th to 12th at the Campus of the University of Picardie, in Saint-Quentin, France. You will find below four Keynote conferences, the list of short communications and some photos taken during this event.

Special thanks to our sponsor:

Pyromeral Systems
High Temperature Composites

Keynote Conferences in video

State of the Geopolymer R&D 2017
Keynote by Joseph Davidovits.

1 hour 11 min, 195 MB, 2185 downloads. Click on the icon on the right to watch it fullscreen.

It is a review on what happened in 2016 and the first semester of 2017 on geopolymer science and applications. In his keynote, Prof. J. Davidovits developed following topics:

1) Geopolymer science

  • From Theory to Global Industrialization with an exclusive list of 33 Real World Commercial Applications that are commercially available
  • Warning about fake geopolymer conferences
  • Part 4 of Davidovits’ campaign “why alkali-activated materials are not geopolymers?”
  • Legal and Patent issue against BASF.
  • Metakaolin MK-750, Chemical Reactivity

2) Geopolymer technologies

  • Introduction to Geopolymer Route to High-Temperature Ceramics
  • Geopolymer Composites (with a special session at the Geopolymer Camp)

3) Geopolymer Cements / Concretes

  • Problems with slag GGBS
  • Self-Healing geopolymer cements
  • How to control setting time
  • The invalid NASH / KASH terminology

4) Geopolymer and archaeology

  • Non-destructive analysis on 11 Egyptian blue faience tiles from the 2nd and 3rd Dynasties
  • Manufacturing Djoser’s faience tiles at temperatures as low as 250°C


by W. M. Kriven, Materials Science and Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA:
The Geopolymer Route to High Tech Ceramic.

43 min, 110 MB, 1121 downloads. Click on the icon on the right to watch it fullscreen.


by W. M. Kriven, Materials Science and Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA:
Natural Fiber Reinforced Geopolymer Composites.

20 min, 51 MB, 1100 downloads. Click on the icon on the right to watch it fullscreen.


by Jingkun Yuan, Institute for Advanced Ceramics, Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT), Harbin, China:
Recent Development on the Graphene Reinforced Geopolymer Composites.

21 min, 49 MB, 1128 downloads. Click on the icon on the right to watch it fullscreen.



The GeopolymerCamp 2017 spanned 3 days:

Special topics of interest:
– Tutorial Workshop (short courses) for Newcomers, on Monday;
– Focused Session on Reinforced Geopolymer Composites, on Tuesday afternoon:
Monday, July 10: Tutorial
09:00-10:00: Registration to TUTORIAL
10:00-13:00: Workshop and tutorial with laboratory demonstrations involving 3 standard recipes.
13:00-14:00: Sandwich Lunch
14:00-17:00: Short Courses and Q&A
15:30-17:30: Registration to GEOPOLYMER CAMP

Tuesday, July 11 :GEOPOLYMER CAMP

8:30: Registration
9:00-9:30: Individual messages from the participants (1minute)
9:30:10:30: Keynote by Joseph Davidovits: State of the Geopolymer R&D, 2017 with special emphasis on recent developments.
10:30-11:00: Coffee break

First session: at 11:00
Themes: geopolymer molecular chemistry; raw materials, scientific investigations.

– 2 Keynotes:
– Waltraud Kriven, University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign, USA: The Geopolymer Route to High-tech Ceramics.
– Jingkun Yuan, Peigang He, Dechang Ja, Harbin Institute of Technology, China, Leucite/Graphene-Ceramic Composite, the Geopolymer route. (recorded video)

– Thorsten Langer, Wöllner GmbH, Germany., Geosil – ready to use alkali silicates for Geopolymers.
Virginie Soleil, Imerys Refractory Minerals, Clérac, France, The manufacture of metakaolins.
– Nasir Shafiq, Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS, Malaysia, Enhanced Piezo-resistive and self-sensing response of geopolymer using hybrid nanoplatelets.
– Mukhallad Al-Mashhadani, Yildil Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey / Iraq, Technical Notes on Geopolymer Binders: laboratory experiments regarding different factors.

13:00 Free Sandwich Lunch

Focused Session : Reinforced Geopolymer Composites

– Keynote by  Waltraud Kriven, University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign, USA: Natural fiber reinforced geopolymer composites.

– Kinga Korniejenko, Cracow University Of Technology, Poland, Development of eco-friendly composite materials based on geopolymer matrix and reinforced with waste fibers.
– Pham Vo Anh Khoa, Laboratory of Concrete and Earthquake Engineering, Sejong University, Seoul, South Korea, Comparison mechanical properties of hooked end steel fiber and polypropylene fiber reinforced fly ash geopolymer concrete.

Second session at 15:30
Themes: industrial applications (foamed panels, ceramics, high temperature, binders, composites, toxic and radioactive waste containment)
– R. Davidovits and Christine Pelegris, MAG team (Matériaux Avancés en Géopolymères) at the LTI Laboratory, Picardie Jules Verne University, Geopolymer Institute, Saint-Quentin, Pragmatic approach in designing high-performance MK-750-based geopolymers Poly(sialate-siloxo) type K-PSS binder. From theory to practice.

16:00-16:30Coffee break

 Totka Bakalova, Petr Louda, TU Liberec, Czech Republic, Application of geopolymer as a fire protection of wooden buildings using foamed geopolymer composite.
– Geopolymer Institute: some videos on industrial applications.

Wednesday July 12 :

at 9:00 – 13:00

Third session: Ancient Technologies.
Frederic Davidovits, Geopolymer Institute, Ancient Roman Cement: rapid setting.

Fourth session 
Themes: building applications, eco-construction, LTGS, bricks, cements, concretes, CO2 mitigation, Global Warming.
– Alex Reggiani, GeoMITS, Italy, Renca LLC, Russia, Innovative 2017 Geopolymer products prepared with automatic industrial mixers
– Andrey Dudnikov, Marina Dudnikova, Renca, LLC, Russia, Geopolymer concrete and 3D printing – disrupting construction industry.
– Nguyen Tan Khoa, Sejong University, Seoul, South Korea, Translucent geopolymer concrete: a new target of construction materials.
– Dario Santacroce, The project “Monotith“, monumental geopolymer stone structure.

 10:45-11:15: Coffee break

– Shima Pilehvar, Østfold University College, Norway, First Results on mechanical properties of geopolymer concrete with incorporated micro-encapsulated phase change materials,
– Fadhil Nuruddin, Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS, Malaysia,Sidoarjo Mud as base material for Geopolymer concrete.
Fernando Castro, Universidade do Minho, Portugal, Employment of sodium aluminate waste solutions for the processing of fly-ash based geopolymers containing industrial wastes.
– Norkhairunnisa Mazlan, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Thermal stability and water absorption analysis of geopolymer based on rice husk ash and fire performance of geopolymer based rice husk ash/kaolin.
– Jörg Rathenow, Sinnotec Innovation Consulting GmbH, Germany, Easy to apply geopolymer floor coating as design floors.
– Matteo Baldassari, Concr3de, Netherlands, Additive manufacturing for Geopolymer concrete.
– Aida Pedram, Isfahan Science and Technology, Iran, Manufacturing bricks with geopolymer.
– Asmaa Kaddami, Laboratoire Navier, France, Elaboration and study of the functional properties of geopolymer foams.

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

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