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Congratulations to Cements@Sheffield and ISL PhD graduates!

Huge congratulations to Dr Rebecca Sanderson and Dr Shishir Mundra who recently graduated with much-deserved PhD degrees! Well done folks!

Professor John Provis named Fellow of the American Ceramic Society

Congratulations to Professor John Provis who has recently been named a Fellow of the American Ceramic Society, representing not only cements@sheffeild but Materials Science and Engineering and the Immobilisation Science Laboratory at the University of Sheffield in the ACerS Cements Division. 

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Welcome Lei Wang, visiting researcher from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Dr. Lei Wang (Leo) obtained his PhD degree from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and was awarded the Humboldt Research Fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. Leo is visiting the Cements@Sheffield research group from November 2018 to May 2019 and his research will focus on stabilizaition/solidification of industrial sludge by alkali-activated materials. Welcome Leo!

Dan Geddes wins Poster Competition at UK NDA PhD Bursary Seminar

Doctoral student Dan Geddes recently won the Poster Competition at the UK Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDS) PhD Bursary Seminar for his poster examining early-age properties of geopolymer cements for nuclear waste immobilisation. Well done Dan!

Cements@Sheffield attends NUWCEM

Several members of the Cements@Sheff team attended the 3rd International Symposium on Cement-Based Materials for Nuclear Wastes conference in Avignon, France last week.

Hosted by the CEA and SFEN at the incredible Palais des Papes, our group provided 4 oral presentations and 3 poster presentations covering novel research on irradiation effects in Portland cement and geopolymer systems, radionuclide retention, leaching of backfill materials and phosphate modified CAC binders.

The conference took place between the 24-26/10/18 and provided a great forum for discussion with the international community, allowing new connections and collaborations to be fostered.

Dr Juho Yliniemi awarded 'Best Presentation' at Young Researchers' Forum IV

Visiting researcher Dr Juho Yliniemi (University of Oulu, Finland) was recently awarded the prize for 'Best Presentation' at the Young Researchers' Forum IV - Innovation in Construction Materials held in Newcastle on April 9th 2018.

The event was organised by the Department of Architecture and Built Environment (Faculty of Engineering and Environment) at Northumbria University, and was supported by IOM3, SCI, Institute of Concrete Technology and Newcastle Gateshead Initiative. Well done Juho!

Congratulations Cements@Sheffield and ISL graduates!

A big congratulations to Dr Xinyuan Ke and Dr Ross Peel who recently graduated with very well-earned PhD degrees!

Dr Ke was also awarded the Department Ceramics Prize for the best PhD thesis in the area of ceramics. Well done!

Welcome Juho Yliniemi, visiting researcher from the University if Oulu, Finland

Dr Juho Yliniemi (University of Oulu, Finland) is visiting the Cements@Sheffield research group for the first six months of 2018. He will be working with Cements@Sheffield researchers on a project focused on production of low-CO2 cements via alkali-activation of mineral wool wastes. Welcome Juho!

Second International Conference on Calcined Clays for Sustainable Concrete, 2017

The 2nd International Conference on Calcined Clays for Sustainable Concrete in Havana, Cuba, was a great success for the Cements@Shef research group.

As a research group we have presented ground breaking research on the chemical and physical properties of geopolymer materials and their potential applications in infrastructure and in nuclear decommissioning.

Farewell lunch for Dr Zhijun Tan

Today Cements@Sheffield said farewell to Dr Zhijun Tan. Dr Tan has been a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Cements@Sheffield for the past 3 years, and we wish him well as he shifts into industry.

We enjoyed a lovely lunch at a local pizzeria, and managed to capture a few photos of Tan with the group before he departs. All the best Tan!

Cement and Concrete Science Conference 2017

Cements@Sheffield researchers recently attended The Cement and Concrete Science Conference (CCSC), the leading UK conference on cementitious materials.

Hosted by the Advanced & Innovative Materials Group at University College London and organised by the IOM3 Cementitious Materials Group, the conference took place on the 11th and 12th of September 2017.

Of the two hundred delegates that attended, eight were from the University of Sheffield (UoS). One hundred and fifty papers were presented at the 37th CCSC; ten of which were presented by the cements@sheffield team. The conference allowed the attending academic and industrial scholars and practitioners to meet and discuss their research topics which included: cement manufacture and hydration, concrete durability and sustainability, nuclear waste immobilization, and low carbon technologies.

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Visit to Hope Cement Works 2017

Situated in the centre of the Peak District National Park (Derbyshire), Hope Cement Works is currently part of the Breedon Group and employs 165 people.

It produces approximately 1.5 million tonnes of cement per year (approximately 0.05% of the world’s cement production!).

The day involved presentations from both HOPE Cement Works and the University of Sheffield personnel, a visit to the limestone quarry, a tour of the labs and a tour of the plant to see the the key operations.

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Top in the Russell Group

We are the top-ranked Russell Group university for Graduate Prospects in Materials Science and Engineering. (The Times Good University Guide 2020)

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Undergraduate scholarships

We have a range of undergraduate scholarships available to fund talented students starting an undergraduate course in 2020.