By revealing the secrets hidden within ancient Roman architectural and marine concrete structures and young basalt at Surtsey volcano, Iceland, our investigations in cementitious materials science are opening new opportunities to develop concrete formulations with improved durability and service life. These are mimicking the reactions that produce mineral cements in volcanic glass deposits with the objective of developing innovative materials to aid ailing concrete infrastructures and address materials encapsulation needs.
Marie D. Jackson1, John P. Oleson2, Juhyuk Moon3, Yi Zhang4, Heng Chen5, and Magnus T. Gudmundsson6
1 Department of Geology and Geophysics, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah . Juhyuk Moon is assistant pro-fessor in the a. Heng Chen and Yi Zhang are Ph.D. students in the and ,
2 Department of Greek and Roman Studies, University of Victoria, Canada
3 Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Seoul National University, South Korea
4 Singapore National University, Singapore
5 Department of Civil Engineering, Southeast University, Nanjing, China
6 Institute of Earth Sciences, University of Iceland, Reykjavik, Iceland