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EPFL - Laboratory of Construction Materials, Lausanne (Switzerland)

The EPFL, one of the Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology is a leading European research university – the Laboratory of Construction Materials (LMC) consists of about 30 researchers studying various aspects of cementitious materials from hydration mechanisms to the links between microstructure and mechanical properties and durability. It is the world leading laboratory on quantitative methods for the characterisation of cementitious microstructures, including a dedicated SEM and XRD for cementitious materials. It has extensive experience in studying and understanding the mechanisms of hydration.
The Group is also at the centre of the Nanocem network – a European Industrial / Academic Partnership for fundamental research on cementitious materials founded by Professor Scrivener. Nanocem has funding for a Marie Curie Research training Network under FP6, which involves 9 ESR and 6 ER.

Short profile of the principal investigator of EPFL in the project

Prof. Dr. Karen SCRIVENER, MA
Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne
Laboratory of Construction Materials
bureau(x): MXG232
Station 12
CH-1015 Lausanne
tel: +41 21 693 58 43

Professor Karen SCRIVENER received her BA in Natural Sciences from Cambridge, an MA in Material Science from the University of Pennsylvania and a PhD from Imperial College. She worked as a Senior Scientist with Lafarge in Lyon before being appointed to EPFL in 2001. She is a leading expert in microstructural investigations of cement and concrete using scanning electron microscopy, image analysis and x-ray diffraction. She has extensive experience in both academic and industrial research and is the founder and co-ordinator of “Nanocem” for which she was awarded the Dykerhoff prize in 2007, this is the first time the award has been made in the field of material science. She is a Fellow of RILEM (International Union of laboratories and experts in construction materials systems and structures) where she co-ordinated technical committees on durability. She is Editor in Chief of Cement and Concrete Research which is the leading international academic journal in its field and has 94 publications.

Dr. Christophe GOSSELIN
Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne
Laboratory of Construction Materials
bureau: MXG241
Station 12
CH-1015 Lausanne

tel: +41 21 693 43 82
E mail: christophe.gosselin@epfl.ch

Dr Christophe GOSSELIN received his MSc in Civil Engineering in the University of Cergy Pontoise (Paris), a MSc in Conservation Science in the University of Paris (Paris VII and Paris XII and Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées) and a PhD in Materials Science at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne. He worked for six years in France in the field of cement and concrete research for private laboratories (development of geomaterials for foundations structures) and public laboratories (Laboratory of Research on Historical Monuments on natural cements and Ecole Centrale Paris on the modelling of porous media grouting by cement slurries).

Equipment / Resources

SEM, XRD dedicated for research on cement and concrete
Polishing equipment for SEM specimen preparation
Access to Transmission Electron Microscopy at EPFL
Thermogravimetric Analysis, Mercury Intrusion Porosimetry, Nuclear Magnetic Resonance, Concrete laboratory, with facilities for mixing up to 1m3
Full range of mechanical testing equipment
Publications particularly relevant to ROCARE include
Scrivener KL, Kirkpatrick RJ (2007) Innovation in use and research on cementitious material, Cement & Concrete Research, doi:10.1016/j. cemconres.2007.09.025
Scrivener KL, (2004) Backscattered electron imaging of cementitious microstructures: understanding and quantification , Cement & Concrete Composites 26 (8): 935-945.
Scrivener KL, Crumbie AK, Laugesen P, (2004) The interfacial transition zone (ITZ) between cement paste and aggregate in concrete , Interface Science 12 (4): 411-421.
Scrivener KL, Fullmann T, Gallucci E, Walenta G, Bermejo E (2004) Quantitative study of Portland cement hydration by X-ray diffraction/Rietveld analysis and independent methods, Cement and Concrete Research, 34, 9, 1541-1547.

Role in the project

The principal role of EPFL within ROCARE is to conduct a fundamental study of the hydration of Roman cement, using SEM, in-situ XRD, DTA-TG, phase analysis by light microscopy, and standard mortar test procedures. This work will enhance and extend the current understanding of the performance of Roman cements established by Partners 1, 2, 3 and 4 within the previous ROCEM project. It will establish correlations and explanations of the observed performance of both laboratory mortars and those applied in practice.


The ROCARE Manual with Glossary and Standard: Take a look by activating the field on the left side! (Presently avaialble in English and Hungarian)!
Natural Cement and Cementitious Building Materials in the Early 20th Century – Wien/Vienna July-4-2016

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