Synthesize sol-gel nanoaluminosilicates with various Si/Al ratios and characterize the effect on hydration of Alite and Portland cement. Develop characterization procedures for characterizing paste samples, and tailor solubility of nanoaluminosilicate thin films through inorganofunctionalization to optimize performance.
Design new types of concrete nanoadditives to enhance the long-term mechanical performance of cementitious materials.
Mechanism for using nanoparticles to strengthen the interfacial transition zone (ITZ) in concrete. [Source: FHWA, PMSS Database (2013)]