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Nano-tailoring organo-mineral materials - Controlling strength and healing with organic molecules in mineral interfaces

Objective

Cement production for the construction industry contributes up to 5% of anthropogenic CO2 emissions. Developing more environmentally friendly concrete requires the assessment of strength for a diverse range of new cement materials. Similar issues arise during the development of biocompatible cements for medical applications. Properties of naturally cemented materials of organic origin are of key importance in the oil industry, with carbonate reservoirs prone to creep, particularly during the injection of CO2 for enhanced oil recovery or permanent storage. However, despite the importance of cement materials to our infrastructure, health and environment, we still lack the fundamental basis for understanding the strength of cemented aggregates. Granular pastes and sediments transform to strong solids through reactions at nano-confined mineral interfaces, where nucleation and growth at the adjacent solid surfaces are affected in a manner not yet understood. There is a need for improved concepts, theories and models.
NanoHeal targets this issue by bringing six industrial and six academic groups together in a European Training Network (ETN), in an emerging interdisciplinary field spanning from basic sciences to the corresponding engineering disciplines. NanoHeal will deliver an outstanding environment for training and career development of young researchers.
The aims of NanoHeal are to:
• develop innovative probes and models for nanoscale processes that open novel perspectives in design and control of organo-mineral materials.
• measure and improve the strength and durability of
1) new man-made cemented materials like “green concrete”, speciality cements in construction and oil and gas recovery, and biocompatible implants and
2) natural sedimentary rocks inside reservoirs and as construction materials
• educate young interdisciplinary researchers at the interface between fundamental science and European industry.

Coordinator

UNIVERSITETET I OSLO
Net EU contribution
€ 858 825,72
Address
Problemveien 5-7
0313 Oslo
Norway

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Region
Norge Oslo og Viken Oslo
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00

Participants (6)

KOBENHAVNS UNIVERSITET
Denmark
Net EU contribution
€ 580 163,76
Address
Norregade 10
1165 Kobenhavn

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Region
Danmark Hovedstaden Byen København
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00
IMPERIAL COLLEGE OF SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY AND MEDICINE
United Kingdom
Net EU contribution
€ 819 863,64
Address
South Kensington Campus Exhibition Road
SW7 2AZ London

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Region
London Inner London — West Westminster
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00
UNIVERSITE LYON 1 CLAUDE BERNARD
France
Net EU contribution
€ 788 626,80
Address
Boulevard Du 11 Novembre 1918 Num43
69622 Villeurbanne Cedex

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Region
Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Rhône-Alpes Rhône
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00
FRIEDRICH-ALEXANDER-UNIVERSITAET ERLANGEN-NUERNBERG
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 249 216,48
Address
Schlossplatz 4
91054 Erlangen

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Region
Bayern Mittelfranken Erlangen, Kreisfreie Stadt
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00
TECHNION - ISRAEL INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
Israel
Net EU contribution
€ 520 601,04
Address
Senate Building Technion City
32000 Haifa

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00
NORCE NORWEGIAN RESEARCH CENTRE AS
Norway
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Address
Nygardsgaten 112
5838 Bergen

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Region
Norge Vestlandet Vestland
Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 286 275,24