Geopolymers book cover


Structures, Processing, Properties and Industrial Applications

A geopolymer is a solid aluminosilicate material usually formed by alkali hydroxide or alkali silicate activation of a solid precursor such as coal fly ash, calcined clay and/or metallurgical slag. Today the primary application of geopolymer technology is in the development of reduced-CO2 construction materials as an alternative to Portland-based cements. Geopolymers: structure, processing, properties and industrial applications reviews the latest research on and applications of these highly important materials.

Part one discusses the synthesis and characterisation of geopolymers with chapters on topics such as fly ash chemistry and inorganic polymer cements, geopolymer precursor design, nanostructure/microstructure of metakaolin and fly ash geopolymers, and geopolymer synthesis kinetics. Part two reviews the manufacture and properties of geopolymers including accelerated ageing of geopolymers, chemical durability, engineering properties of geopolymer concrete, producing fire and heat-resistant geopolymers, utilisation of mining wastes and thermal properties of geopolymers. Part three covers applications of geopolymers with coverage of topics such as commercialisation of geopolymers for construction, as well as applications in waste management.

With its distinguished editors and international team of contributors, Geopolymers: structure, processing, properties and industrial applications is a standard reference for scientists and engineers in industry and the academic sector, including practitioners in the cement and concrete industry as well as those involved in waste reduction and disposal.

Hardbound, 464 Pages

Published: June 2009

Imprint: Woodhead Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-84569-449-4


  • …provides essential background reading for those interested in pursuing this exciting technology. With a distinguished international team of contributors, it is a superb reference text for research scientists and engineers in industry and academia., Materials World


  • Introduction to geopolymers. Part 1 Geopolymer synthesis and characterisation: Fly ash glass chemistry and inorganic polymer cements; Geopolymer precursor design; Activating solution chemistry for geopolymers; Nanostructure/microstructure of metakaolin geopolymers; Nanostructure/microstructure of fly ash geopolymers; Geopolymer synthesis kinetics. Part 2 Manufacture and properties of geopolymers: Accelerated ageing of geopolymers; Chemical durability of geopolymers; Life-cycle analysis of geopolymers; Engineering properties of geopolymer concrete; Producing fire and heat-resistant geopolymers; Utilisation of mining wastes to produce geopolymer binders; Utilisation of non-thermally activated clays in the production of geopolymers; Thermal properties of geopolymers; Utilisation of low-calcium slags to improve the strength and durability of geopolymers. Part 3 Applications of geopolymers: Commercialisation of geopolymers for construction: Opportunities and obstacles; Geopolymers for nuclear waste immobilization; Immobilization of toxic waste in geopolymers.


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