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Symposium 23

Geopolymers: Low Energy and Environmentally Friendly

Geopolymers, which are obtained under low-energy conditions and can be considered as a green and sustainable binder alternative to cement, have become increasingly widespread over the past several decades. They possess favorable properties, including high compressive strength, fire-resistance, high durability, rapid-set time, high performance/cost ratio, reduction in CO2 production, and ease of processing. Moreover, geopolymer technology also provides a novel way to synthesize ceramics and their composites through proper processing procedures. At present, geopolymers and related technologies have been applied in more and more fields, such as fire proof and heat resistant composites, advanced ceramics, toxic waste management, water purification etc. In order to provide an open forum for researchers from around the world to share their expertise and up-to-date progress on their activities in this field, a special symposium with the theme of “Geopolymers: Low Energy and Environmentally Friendly Ceramics and Coatings” is included as part of PACRIM15 & CICC-13. In this symposium, contributions offering a broad perspective on the topic are desired, including geopolymerization mechanisms, 3D printing and novel manufacturing methods, ceramics formation, geopolymer composites and related ceramic matrix composites, toxic metals encapsulation, upcycling of waste as raw materials, as well as other works related to the geopolymer field in general.

Proposed sessions
ª Geopolymerization mechanism
ª 3D printing and novel manufacturing methods
ª Ceramics derived from geopolymer
ª Geopolymer composites
ª Construction materials
ª Geopolymer coatings
ª Geopolymer based catalysts
ª Environmental and energy-related applications
ª Nuclear wastes and heavy metals encapsulation
ª Sustainable materials and novel applications

- Peigang He (Points of contact), Harbin Institute of Technology, China, hithepeigang@126.com
- Paolo Colombo (Points of contact), Universita' di Padova, Italy, paolo.colombo@unipd.it
- Dechang Jia, Harbin Institute of Technology, China
- Waltraud (Trudy) M. Kriven, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
- Hao Wang, University of Southern Queensland, Australia
- John L. Provis, The University of Sheffield, UK
- Ta-Wui Cheng, National Taipei University of Technology, Taiwan, China
- Henry A. Colorado, Universidad de Antioquia, Colombia
- Xuemin Cui, Guangxi University, China
- Zuhua Zhang, Tongji University, China
- Xiaolu Guo, Tongji University, China
- Ning Xie, University of Jinan, China
- Chengying Bai, Harbin Engineering University, China
- Qiu Li, Wuhan University of Technology, China

Keynote Speakers

  Paolo Colombo, University of Padova, Italy
  Tentative Title: Additive Manufacturing of Porous Geopolymers for Environmental Applications
  Brief Bio: Paolo Colombo is a professor of Materials Science and Technology at the
Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Padova, Padova, Italy. He is also an adjunct professor of Materials Science and Engineering at the Pennsylvania State University and a visiting professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering of University College London, UK. He was a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at the Pennsylvania State University in 1991, a Foreign Scientist at INSA, Lyon, France in 2015, and a DGF Mercator Professor at the Technical University Bergakademie Freiberg, Germany in 2016.
He is currently the President of the International Ceramic Federation, and an Academician of the World Academy of Ceramics, Academician of the European Academy of Sciences, Fellow of the American Ceramic Society, Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, Fellow of the European Ceramic Society, and a member of the EPSRC Peer Review College (UK).
  Hao Wang, University of Southern Queensland, Australia
  Tentative Title: Geopolymers and Related Alkali-activated Materials: Recent Advance and Future Research
  Brief Bio: Professor Hao Wang received his PhD from The University of Queensland
in 2001, and has been with University of Southern Queensland (UniSQ) since 2006. He was previously the Director of Centre for Future Materials at UniSQ. Professor Wang has over 30 years of research experience in a wide range of materials. His current research interests are carbon fibre composites, geopolymers, and electrocatalysis. He has over 400 journal publications with h-index 90 and total citation over 30,000. Professor Wang currently serves as Editor-in-Chief for Composites Part B: Engineering (Elsevier, IF 11.3), Editor for Australian Journal of Mechanical Engineering, Advisory Board member of Nano Materials Science. He is the Fellow of Engineers Australia (FIEAust), Fellow of Queensland Academy of Arts and Sciences (QAAS). He is now the President of Asian-Australasian Association for Composite Materials (2023-2025). He was the Chair of the 11th Asian-Australasian Conference on Composite Materials in Cairns Australia in 2018.
  Ta-Wui Cheng, National Taipei University of Technology, Taiwan, China
  Tentative Title: A Study on Capture and Sequestration Carbon Dioxide using Geopolymer Technology
  Brief Bio: Ta-Wui Cheng was Distinguished Professor (retired) in Institute of Minera
l Resources Engineering, National Taipei University of Technology. He got his PhD from University of New South Wales (Mineral Processing Engineering) in 1993. His research interests include Various types of mineral separation and waste reutilization, Development of geopolymeric materials, Development Low CO2 Emission Geopolymer Cement & Concrete, Reutilization of Incinerator Ashes (High temperature melting technology, Glass ceramic), Recycling high-chlorine wastewater, and Recycling of silicon wafer cutting sludge.
  Zuhua Zhang, Tongji University, China
  Tentative Title: Geopolymer Technology for Sustainable Low-carbon Ocean Engineering Construction
  Brief Bio: To be confirmed
To be confirmed
  Peigang He, Harbin Institue of Technology, China
  Tentative Title: 3D Printing Geopolymer wih Bionic-inspired Structure
  Brief Bio: Dr. Peigang He is a professor on Institute for Advanced Ceramics at Harbin
Institute of Technology. He got his bachelor, Master and PhD degree from Harbin Institute of Technology and worked as research fellow at Nanyang Technological University for two years. Prof He mainly works on geopolymer and geopolymer matrix composites including geopolymerization mechanism, strengthening and toughening mechanism, and 3D printing technology for geopolymer and its composites. And till now he has more than 70 papers published as first or corresponding author with citations more than 3300, 20 patterns authorized, and two books published in Chinese and English.

Invited Speakers

  Henry Colorado, Universidad de Antioquia, Colombia
  Tentative Title: Reusing Waste Materials in Alkali-activated Cements
  Cristina Leonelli, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy
  Tentative Title: The Formulation of Alkali Activated Materials from a Chemical Perspective
  Xiaolu Guo, Tongji University, China
  Tentative Title: Design of 3D Printed Fiber-reinforced Geopolymer (3D-FRG) Based on Response Surface Method
  Qiu Li, Wuhan University of Technology, China
  Tentative Title: Room-temperature Hardenable High-temperature Ceramizable Geopolymer: Design and Application
  Kaituo Wang, Guangxi University, China
  Tentative Title: Preparation, Modification and Strengthening Mechanism of Porous Geopolymer Microspheres
  Chengying Bai, Harbin Engineering University, China
  Tentative Title: Rapid Preparation of Coal Gangue based Geopolymer Foams as Precursors of Porous Ceramics
  Liugang Chen, Zhengzhou University, China
  Tentative Title: Preparation and Corrosion Resistance of KAlSi2O6-mullite Composite to Lithium Battery Cathode Materials using K-based Geopolymer Binder
  Shu Yan, Northeastern University, China
  Tentative Title: Synthesis and Adsorption Performance of Aolid Waste based Geopolymer Adsorbent
  Qinglei Sun, China University of Geosciences, (Wuhan), China
  Tentative Title: Direct Writing of Self-healing Geopolymer and its Electronic Packaging Application
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