Image: USQ's Dr Zuhua Zhang (left) and Professor Hao Wang examine a geopolymer casting made using fly ash, a waste product of coal-fired power stations.
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Friday, November 6, 2015

Receiving a boost through ARC funding, a project led by the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) will look at how to make fly ash produced by coal-fired power stations into ‘green’ cement. The funding will allow the project to employ extra research staff and PhD students to develop a geopolymer-based green cement which will enable the construction industry to decrease its reliance on Portland cement. Unlike Portland cement, geopolymer does not rely on limestone and clay, both non-renewable resources, and does not require heating to around 1450 degrees Celsius for calcination, the process which also drives out carbon dioxide. This project includes researchers from USQ, CSIRO and international experts from the United Kingdom and China. 

Media issued by the University of Southern Queensland.

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