Home > News > From the Romans to the Jetsons, concrete is versatile
October 2nd, 2010
From the Romans to the Jetsons, concrete is versatile
Today, research is developing scientific breakthroughs at the atomic scale.
Two emerging areas of research deal with cement and admixtures.
Understanding of the hydration of cement particles and their interaction with chemical admixtures, combined with the use of nano-sized particles (one billionth of a meter) help to design modifications so that performance requirements can be met using less material.
Also, the chemical reactions that take place can be manipulated for maximum environmental and economic benefit.
While nanotechnology sounds like the science of the future, dozens of nanomaterials are currently available in the architectural marketplace.
You may be familiar with the de-polluting or "smog eating" concrete used in Richard Meier's Jubilee Church, which used titanium dioxide nanoparticles to make this marvel possible.
Using light and air, photocatalytic concrete breaks down organic and inorganic substances responsible for air pollution.
However, you don't need to be a nanotechnologist to take advantage of the many sustainable benefits that concrete offers.
News and information
University of Tehran Researchers Invent Non-Enzyme Sensor to Detect Blood Sugar April 23rd, 2014
Gold nanoparticles help target, quantify breast cancer gene segments in a living cell April 23rd, 2014
Study finds long-term survival of human neural stem cells transplanted into primate brain April 23rd, 2014
High-Performance, Low-Cost Ultracapacitors Built with Graphene and Carbon Nanotubes: Future devices based on technology could bridge gap between batteries and conventional capacitors in portable electronics and hybrid electric vehicles April 23rd, 2014
Guo Lab Shows Potential of RNA as Heat-resistant Polymer Material for Nanoarchitectures April 23rd, 2014
Nanomaterial Outsmarts Ions April 22nd, 2014
Thinnest feasible membrane produced April 17th, 2014
INSCX™ exchange to present Exchange trade reporting mechanism for engineered nanomaterials (NMs) to UK regulation agencies, insurers and upstream/downstream users April 17th, 2014
Scientists Produce Self-Cleaning Coatings on Glass Substrate March 17th, 2014
Iran Applying Nanotechnology in Growing Number of Industries March 10th, 2014
Colored diamonds are a superconductor’s best friend March 6th, 2014
Iranian, Spanish Scientists Investigate Thermal Stability of Nanostructured Bainitic Steel February 26th, 2014