The Incorporation of Waste and Pozzolanic Materials as Partial Cement Replacement for Structural Concrete by Dr Ceren İnce
Advanced Materials & Sustainable Manufacturing (AMSM) Research Group of METU NCC SEES
Advanced materials are contemporary, novel and highly versatile materials that outperform conventional ones with their superior properties. Advanced materials play a pivotal role in advancing technologies that can help build a sustainable future in all aspects. Along with the use of advanced materials, sustainable manufacturing practices aim to minimise negative environmental impacts, conserve energy and natural resources, and enhance employee, community, and product safety. Some of the activities of the group involve research on sustainable construction materials, PV solar cell design using metamaterials and carbon nanotubes, synthetic functional molecules, and mechanics and atomistic modelling of carbon nanotubes and polymer composites. You can find below brief description of cutting-edge research conducted by SEES AMSM Group member Dr. Ceren Ince.
Cement is one of the most extensively used construction materials due to its numerous advantages however, a great amount of CO2 emission generated during the production of Portland cement cannot be tolerated by the environment any longer. It is therefore essential to develop natural resources that can be used as full or partial replacement materials to cement and hence reduce the cement consumption for sustainable development. Recent research results indicate that the use of both waste and pozzolanic materials as partial replacement materials to cement, results in an increased mechanical properties and enhanced durability characteristics of mortars and concrete. The use of waste and pozzolanic materials therefore, does not only result in an increase in strength and durability characteristics but also allows more sustainable production of these mortars and concrete.