When cement, a key component of concrete, the world's most widely used
building material, is manufactured, it releases significant amounts of
carbon dioxide into the atmosphere--about 5 to 10 percent of the
world's total emissions. Professor Franz-Josef Ulm of CEE and Georgios
Constantinides, a postdoctoral researcher in DMSE, are investigating
the behavior of the nanostructure of cement, in hopes that a different
mineral or nanoengineered substitute could be used to produce a
material with the same packing density as concrete but without
requiring the same high temperatures during production that currently
result in high CO2 emissions.
5 to 10 percent? Yowzaa.
Ever had a tour of a cement plant? While still in school, I had one of the
St. Mary's Cement plant just outside TO.
It's the biggest broiler ***I've*** ever seen, and it runs around the clock.
It looks like a rotating ski run to Hell.
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