International Collaborations and European Projects

LC3 (2013-…)

LC3 is a new type of cement, based on a blend of limestone and calcined clay. The objective of the LC3 project is, through research and testing, to make LC3 a standard and mainstream general-use cement in the global cement market.

The main research activities focus not only on specific thematic areas of cement research, such as hydrate assemblages, pore structure, rheology, reactivity, durability and mechanical properties but also on production, environmental sustainability and cost effectiveness of this new cement.

With funding from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation through its Global Programme in Climate Change, the project LC3 will fund PhD projects and master thesis projects in Switzerland, Cuba and India.

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NanoCem Consortium (2004-…)

LMC is the coordinator and partner in the NanoCem Consortium, a network of academic and industrial partners, all interested in fundamental research of cement and concrete. EPFL hosts the nanocem Core project “Stability and properties of hydrate phase assemblages with high Al content in real microstructure” 2017-2021 (further information on CP 16)

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Concrete eXperience (2019)

The Laboratory of Construction Materials hosted the first workshop of an interdisciplinary group of experts on the 7-8th May, 2019. The workshop aimed to develop an innovative inter-disciplinary research combining engineering, architecture, economists, social scientists and concrete science to address together the issue of poor quality concrete construction around the world.

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European Projects

ERICA (2017-2021)

ERICA – Engineered Calcium-Silicate-Hydrates for Applications is a project funded by the European Union under the Horizon 2020 – Marie Sklodowska-Curie – Innovative Training Network (ITN) programme.

LMC is one of the beneficiaries of the ERICA project and hosts 3 ESRs.

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TRANSCEND (2010-2014)

TRANSCEND- “Understanding TRANSport for Concrete which is Eco friendly iNnovative and Durable”, a Marie Curie Initial Training Network was a project funded by the European Union (Framework Programme 7). It supported 15 PhD / EngD / post doc students across 13 academic and industrial partners. TRANSCEND is one of Nanocem’s key programmes.

LMC was the coordinator of the MC ITN TRANSCEND project and hosted two ESRs.

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NANOCEM EU Project (2006-2011)

NANOCEM – Fundamental understanding of cementitious materials for improved chemical physical and aesthetic performance, a Marie Curie Reasearch Training Network was a project funded by the European Union  (Framework programme 6). It supported 16 PhD/Post Docs across 17 partners.

LMC was the coordinator of the MC RTN NANOCEM project and hosted 5 ESRs and ERs

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