A concrete approach to making cement with net zero carbon emissions
Cement is the most widely used man-made material in existence, but it is also a massive source of CO2 emissions. According to studies, cement production will account for nearly 25 % of global CO2 emissions by 2025. The EU-funded NMRCement project will explore the potential of a novel silicate glass to reduce the carbon footprint of cement production. Researchers will thoroughly study the tuneable reactivity and nanoscale phase separations of the material. Scanning electron microscopy will be used to image phase separations. To probe the chemical structure of molecules, researchers will employ breakthrough nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) techniques that can enhance the sensitivity and time resolution by several orders of magnitude compared to current NMR technology.