NACNet: New Applications for Cement-type materials Network - Cementing the Future

Lead Research Organisation: University of Leeds
Department Name: Civil Engineering

Abstract

A new cross-sector network is proposed with the aim of discovering novel, high-value applications for cements and related materials (CTMs) outside the construction sector. It will promote interdisciplinary research collaborations, monitor and disseminate relevant advances in physical, biomedical, social and engineering sciences and work with industrial partners to develop new products. Outputs will include state-of-the-art reports, strategic discussion documents, and feasibility studies. The network will operate via a series of workshops, symposia, collaborator visits and summer schools. Stakeholders will be drawn from CTM scientists and engineers, cutting edge scientific disciplines and innovative industrial partners, while proactive links will be established with scientific/engineering institutions, media organisations and the general public. The network will be managed by Dr Phil Purnell during the funding period, with responsibility for day-to-day management transferring to dedicated post-doctoral staff as the network becomes self-sustaining. In the document, cement-type materials are introduced and their embryonic 'functional' uses outside the construction sector are reviewed, such as immobilisation of nuclear waste and their varied medical uses. Some speculative applications, such as ballistic protection and sustainable refrigeration, are advanced along with the interdisciplinary science required to realise their potential. The aims, outputs, mechanisms, stakeholders and management of the network are then explained and the relevance to beneficiaries detailed.

Publications

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Description Contribution to BBC TV Programme "How they work: Ceramics" first broadcast in April 2012. Now used in BBC Bitesize educational segments. See http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/clips/z83vr82
First Year Of Impact 2012
Sector Education
Impact Types Cultural

 
Description Artist in Residence
Amount £12,160 (GBP)
Organisation The Leverhulme Trust 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2010 
End 08/2011
 
Description Artist in Residence
Amount £12,160 (GBP)
Organisation The Leverhulme Trust 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2010 
End 08/2011
 
Description Concrete Acoustics: Science and Art (CA:SA) Bridging the Gaps
Amount £12,481 (GBP)
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2012 
End 12/2012
 
Description Concrete Acoustics: Science and Art (CA:SA) Bridging the Gaps
Amount £12,481 (GBP)
Organisation University of Leeds 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2012 
End 12/2012
 
Description Imperial College London
Amount £10,000 (GBP)
Organisation Imperial College London 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 05/2012 
End 09/2013
 
Description Leverhulme Trust
Amount £12,160 (GBP)
Funding ID F00 122/BA 
Organisation The Leverhulme Trust 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2010 
End 08/2011
 
Description Leverhulme Trust
Amount £12,160 (GBP)
Funding ID F00 122/BA 
Organisation The Leverhulme Trust 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2010 
End 08/2011
 
Description Loughborough University
Amount £52,254 (GBP)
Organisation Loughborough University 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2011 
End 12/2014
 
Description University of Leeds
Amount £24,962 (GBP)
Organisation University of Leeds 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 11/2011 
End 06/2012
 
Description How they work: Ceramics 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience
Results and Impact BBC4 series hosted by Mark Miodownik: ~5 minute appearance by Purnell explaining how reinforced concrete works.

PP explains how reinforced concrete was invented and works, with practical demonstrations of RC in action. Hosted by Mark Miodownik
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012