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Engineered Calcium-Silicate-Hydrates for Applications

Objective

ERICA stands for engineered calcium-silicate-hydrates for applications. Inorganic hydrates, such as C-S-H, are used in applications from construction to dentistry. In every case, there is need to optimise the hydrate properties for the application. More reactive cements are needed to lower the CO2 impact of construction. Dentistry needs improved mechanical stability. The traditional way to improve hydrates is by trial and error. This is ineffective. ERICA offers a transformative materials science approach based on gaining detailed understanding the associated nanoscience. ERICA seeks coherent understanding and control of hydrate nucleation and growth as a means to control properties; of the first water sorption cycle when hydrates undergo structural change the consequences of which for performance are only just becoming apparent; and of water transport in hydrates that severely impacts degradation. To do this ERICA exploits recent developments in understanding of hydrate chemistry, in 1H NMR relaxometry and in numerical modeling. Success with ERICA will (i) give industry ways to target design hydrates; (ii) create numerical software tools to model hydrate performance; and (iii) leave good practice and know-how to adopt emergent methods. ERICA trains 13 multi-disciplinary researchers: ESRs ready to find employment with cement product manufacturers, instrumentation manufacturers, in numerical modeling and in academia. This cohort is much needed by industry. The ESRs receive comprehensive academic and transferable skills training comprised of residential schools, workshops, peer learning and industry secondments. Training and dissemination are delivered in collaboration with the industry-academic cement science network: NANOCEM. Courses will be made into MOOCs. ERICA is led by 4 universities and an international cement manufacturer. It is supported by 5 Partner companies.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/inorganic chemistry/inorganic compounds

Call for proposal

H2020-MSCA-ITN-2017
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Funding Scheme

MSCA-ITN-ETN - European Training Networks

Coordinator

UNIVERSITY OF SURREY
Address
Stag Hill
GU2 7XH Guildford
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 1 093 151,52

Participants (4)

ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FEDERALE DE LAUSANNE
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 795 680,28
Address
Batiment Ce 3316 Station 1
1015 Lausanne
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - UNIVERSITA DI BOLOGNA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 516 122,64
Address
Via Zamboni 33
40126 Bologna
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET WIEN
Austria
EU contribution
€ 511 868,16
Address
Karlsplatz 13
1040 Wien
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
HEIDELBERGCEMENT AG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 498 432,96
Address
Berliner Strasse 6
69120 Heidelberg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)

Partners (5)

LITHICON NORWAY AS
Norway
Address
Stiklestadveien 1
7041 Trondheim
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
MR Solutions Ltd.
United Kingdom
Address
Ashbourne House, The Guildway, Old Portsmouth Road
GU3 1LR Guildford
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
SAINT GOBAIN RECHERCHE SA
France
Address
Quai Lucien Lefranc 39
93300 Aubervilliers
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
CHRYSO
France
Address
19 Place De La Résistance
92445 Issy-les-moulineaux Cedex
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
SEPTODONT SAS
France
Address
58 Rue Du Pont De Creteil
94107 Saint Maur Des Fosses
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)