Magnesia Cements

Magnesia Cements

From Formulation to Application

1st Edition - May 30, 2020

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  • Authors: Mark Shand, Abir Al-Tabbaa, Jueshi Qian, Liwu Mo, Fei Jin
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780123919250
  • eBook ISBN: 9780123919311

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There is an urgent need for innovative, cost-effective, and sustainable approaches to reduce the tremendous environmental impact of conventional cement and cement-based technologies. Consuming a significantly lower quantity of natural resources than conventional cements, with the added ability to effectively sequestering carbon, magnesia cements offer great potential in this area. Magnesia Cements: From Formulation to Application explores the latest developments in this exciting area, reviewing the unique properties offered by these cements, including superior strength, fire resistance, and exceptional ability to bond to a wide range of aggregates, and highlighting their potential role in making cement production and usage more sustainable. Providing detailed analysis of the chemistry, properties, manufacture, and both traditional and novel applications, Magnesia Cements: From Formulation to Application is ideally suited for materials scientists, cement chemists, ceramicists, and engineers involved with the design, development, application and impact assessment of magnesia cements across both academia and industry.  

Key Features

  • Provides formulary information research into more environmentally friendly cement systems
  • Discusses chemical phase analysis and the impact of formulation
  • Applies analysis and history of global uses to provide support for future environmentally stable industrial, building, and non-building applications


Materials scientists, cement chemists, ceramicists researching related subjects at academic institutions, and research engineers working on any aspect of cement systems with environmental impacts

Table of Contents

  • 1. Manufacture of Magnesium Oxide for Magnesia Cements
    2. Magnesium Oxychloride Cement
    3. Magnesium Oxysulfate Cement
    4. Magnesium Phosphate Cement
    5. Magnesium Silicate Cement
    6. Carbonated Magnesia Cement
    7. Magnesia in Alkali Activated Cements
    8. Magnesia as an Expansive Additive
    9. Magnesia in Self-Healing Cement and Concrete

Product details

  • No. of pages: 334
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2020
  • Published: May 30, 2020
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780123919250
  • eBook ISBN: 9780123919311

About the Authors

Mark Shand

Mark Shand's higher education occurred at the University of Warwick, England. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry in 1983 and PhD. in 1986. His education continued with Postdoctoral research at Bowling Green State University, Ohio. Dr. Shand's interest and research into magnesia cements began in 1990, when he started working for Premier Magnesia, where he is currently Vice President of Research and Development. Dr. Shand's book “The Chemistry and Technology of Magnesia” was published in 2006. Dr. Shand enjoys photography and walking his dog Delta as well as introducing the wonders of science to his children.

Affiliations and Expertise

Premier Magnesia, LLC, Wayneville, NC, USA

Abir Al-Tabbaa

Abir Al-Tabbaa is a professor of geotechnical engineering at the University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK. A Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, Professor Al-Tabbaa has significant experience across academia and industry.

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK

Jueshi Qian

Jueshi Qian is a professor with the College of Material Science and Engineering at Chongqing University, Chongqin, China. Professor Qian has contributed to over 170 publications and collaborated with teams across the globe.

Affiliations and Expertise

Chongqing University, Chongqing, China

Liwu Mo

Liwu Mo is a professor with the College of Materials Science and Engineering at Nanjing Tech University, Nanjing, China. He has previously held positions as a visiting scholar and exchange scholar of the Royal Academy of Engineering at the University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK.

Affiliations and Expertise

Nanjing Tech University, Nanjing, China

Fei Jin

Fei Jin is an assistant professor of geotechnical engineering at the James Watt School of Engineering, based at the University of Glasgow, UK. He has chaired sessions at numerous international conferences and holds a number of memberships and editorial positions in the field.

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK

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  • Peter F. Mon Oct 25 2021

    A comprehensive study of magnesia cements

    As a scientist wannabe much of this was over my head but nevertheless I learned a lot more about these remarkable materials and will be using this tome as a reference for our research and code development work going forwards.