Special Issue "Innovative and Functional Geopolymer Composites"
A special issue of Environments (ISSN 2076-3298).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 January 2020).
Interests: advanced functional materials; geopolymers; hybrid composite geopolymers; lightweight geopolymers; polymers; resins; organic–inorganic hybrid and composite materials
Geopolymer composites have a key role in the development of functional advanced materials thanks to their peculiar chemical and physical properties: In fact, the synergistic interactions between different phases result in new materials with special properties, not simply arising from the sum of the contributions of both initial constituents. Innovative composites based on geopolymers can typically find application in several fields, such as energy, health, the environment, nanotechnology, packaging, and building. In general, geopolymers, with respect to ordinary Portland cement, could significantly reduce CO2 emissions thanks to the low carbon footprint of raw material from which they can be prepared.
Such composite geopolymer materials become even more interesting if prepared using, as the starting raw material, industrial, metallurgical, urban or agricultural wastes or by-products (such as fly ash, slag blast furnace or rice husk). In this way, the critical drawbacks associated with raw material supply for mass production could be overcome, thus making them competitive, both from the point of view of the environmental and economic impacts.
This Special Issue is seeking original, unpublished papers that describe recent advances in functional geopolymer composites in terms of synthesis, preparation, chemical–physical characterizations and mechanical properties, thus encouraging an interdisciplinary research approach.
Prof. Laura Ricciotti
Manuscript Submission Information
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- Geopolymer composite materials
- Geopolymer hybrid materials
- Fiber-reinforced geopolymers
- Lightweight geopolymer composites
- Foamed geopolymer composites