Successful GEOPOLYMERS 2015 Conference in Austria
The International Conference “Geopolymers: The route to eliminate waste and emissions in ceramic and cement manufacturing” was held on May 24-29, 2015, in Hernstein, near Vienna, Austria. The conference was chaired by Prof. Cristina Leonelli (University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy) and co-chaired by Prof. Waltraud M. Kriven (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA), Prof. Aldo R. Boccaccini (University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany), and Prof. Arie van Riessen (Curtin University, Australia) (pictured with Prof. J. Davidovits, Geopolymers Institute, France, invited speaker). The conference provided an international forum for scientific and technical contributions describing solutions for applications of geopolymers involving basic science and technology and a variety of applications as sustainable materials for environmental protection and in specialized sectors, e.g. as composites. The conference was organised with support of Engineering Conferences International and endorsed, among others, by the American Ceramic Society, the European Ceramic Society, and TMS (The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society). Prof. Boccaccini presented the keynote contribution: “Geopolymers using glass produced from the DC plasma treatment of air pollution control residues: overview and challenges”, a collaboration with Dr. I. Kourti and Prof. C. R. Cheeseman of Imperial College London and he chaired the session on “Properties and Performance of Geopolymers”. The next conference of the series is planned for 2018.