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Cement and concrete (the most manufactured materials in the world) account today for about 8 percent of the world’s total carbon dioxide emissions. This is far more than, for example, the aviation industry. At the University of California in Los Angeles, attempts are now underway to produce a new more climate-smart version of concrete.

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June 11th, 2014

MIT researchers model stronger cement on theory behind Corning Gorilla Glass

Borrowing from a ‘rigidity theory’ that has led Corning Inc. engineers to the high performance Gorilla Glass—its toughness in thin […]

June 4th, 2014

Order and disorder in calcium–silicate–hydrate

Bauchy, M., MJ Qomi, F. Ulm, and R. Pellenq. 2014. "Order and disorder in calcium-silicate-hydrate." Journal of Chemical Physics, 140 [...]
June 4th, 2014

Nanoscale Structure of Cement: Viewpoint of Rigidity Theory

Bauchy, Mathieu, Mohammad Abdolhosseini Qomi, Christophe Bichara, Franz-Joseph Ulm, and Roland Pellenq. 2014. "Nanoscale structure of cement: viewpoint of rigidity [...]
May 19th, 2014

Predicting C-S-H Aging

The aging of concrete is of critical importance for the industry as well as the research community. The aging process […]

May 19th, 2014

Atomic Scale Grinding of Clinker

Alite (C3S) and belite (C2S) are the major constituents of portland cement clinker. As its grinding requires a considerable amount […]

May 19th, 2014

Gorilla Cement: Tougher, Yet Greener

Concrete is the most used construction material in the world. Thanks to its strength, durability, and low cost, it is […]

March 4th, 2014

Is cement a glassy material?

Bauchy, M., M. Qomi, R. Pellenq, and F. Ulm. 2014. "Is cement a glassy material?" CRC Press, 169. http://books.google.com/books?hl=en&lr=&id=0ILMBQAAQBAJ&oi=fnd&pg=PA169&dq=info:INVVicttg8QJ:scholar.google.com&ots=sjOl7XcoiE&sig=ZOLnmZ2Uwtgj6sG4o_Gyb6cEfdI#v=onepage&q&f=false. Bauchy, [...]
February 14th, 2014

Sapphire Crystal on the next iPhone?

February 7th, 2014

Anomalous composition-dependent dynamics of nanoconfined water in the interlayer of disordered calcium-silicates

Abdolhosseini Qomi, Mohammad, Mathieu Bauchy, Franz-Josef Ulm, and Roland Pellenq. 2014. "Anomalous composition-dependent dynamics of nanoconfined water in the interlayer [...]
January 16th, 2014

A day made of glass