Application of nanomaterials in Alkali-activated materials

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This chapter provides a comprehensive overview on the application of nanomaterials in alkali-activated materials. During the last decades alkali-activated materials have gained great attention as a promising alternative to Portland cement, which is associated with the great primary resources and energy consumption, and greenhouse gas emission. The utilization of nanomaterials brings further improvement concerning various aspects including setting behavior, microstructure, mechanical properties, physical properties, and durability. The advantages and disadvantages of applying nanomaterials are assessed, and the health related issues on applying nanomaterials are discussed. The effects of different types of nanomaterials, including nanosilica, nano-TiO2, nanoclay, and nanocarbon tube, on the performance of alkali-activated materials and their optimal dosage are summarized. Moreover, future research directions are recommended.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNanotechnology in Eco-efficient Construction
Subtitle of host publicationMaterials, Processes and Applications
EditorsFernando Pacheco-Torgal, Maria Vittoria Diamanti, Ali Nazari, Claes Goran Granqvist, Alina Pruna, Serji Amirkhanian
Place of PublicationAmsterdam
Number of pages25
ISBN (Print)978-0-08-102641-0
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Publication series

NameWoodhead Publishing Series in Civil and Structural Engineering


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Yu, Q. (2019). Application of nanomaterials in Alkali-activated materials. In F. Pacheco-Torgal, M. V. Diamanti, A. Nazari, C. G. Granqvist, A. Pruna, & S. Amirkhanian (Eds.), Nanotechnology in Eco-efficient Construction: Materials, Processes and Applications (2nd ed., pp. 97-121). (Woodhead Publishing Series in Civil and Structural Engineering). Amsterdam: Elsevier.