Decarbonization Avenue University research @ CLIMAX

Concrete Solutions That Lower Both Emissions and Air Pollution

The nanoscale forces that control how particles pack together during the formation of cement “paste,” the material that holds together concrete and causes that ubiquitous construction material to be a major source of greenhouse gas emissions.

The researchers will now be able to modify the microstructure of the hardened cement paste, reducing pores and other sources of weakness to make concrete stronger, stiffer, more fracture-resistant, and longer-lasting.

New understanding of concrete’s properties could increase lifetime of the building material, decrease emissions.


  • Cement
  • Buildings

Sustainability domain

  • Pollution control
  • Sustainable materials

Type of innovation

  • Core sciences & engineering

Stakeholder type

  • University researcher
  • Corporate researcher


Relevant for

  • Chemical engineer
  • Civil or construction engineer
  • Structural engineer
  • Material sciences professional
  • Production or process engineer

Innovation sector

  • Chemistry & chemical engineering
  • Civil & structural engineering
  • Environmental sciences