Significant amount of mineral wastes is generated by metal, construction, forest, energy industries, which remain largely without effective utilization around the globe. To protect the environment and to ensure sustainable growth, new production technologies are needed to utilize these wastes as a valuable resource. Alkali-activation (or geopolymerization) is becoming more widely accepted method to prepare low carbon dioxide binders. One of the challenges in alkali activation of mineral wastes is their low reactivity i.e. dissolution.
The proposed project will develop mineral dissolution enhancing technology. The research will improve the utilization of mineral wastes and it is anticipated that the research results have a significant potential for scientific and commercial breakthroughs.