Geopolymers are materials which are rapidly finding interest in industry because they are 90% less polluting than conventional portland cement. They're made by reacting aluminosilicate materials with alkaline solutions in the presence of a reaction promoter.
We're examining new geopolymers made from Australian-based minerals, such as zeolites and clays.
In this project you will synthesise, characterise and test geopolymers.
Several industry partners are interested in this project and will supply information and materials.
The project aims to produce geopolymers from low cost materials and scale these up to industrial application.
Skills and experience
As the successful applicant, you may have interests in:
- material science
- civil engineering
- environmental chemistry
- process engineering.
You may be able to apply for a research scholarship in our annual scholarship round.
Contact the supervisor for more information.