Value-Added Use of Non-Wood Biomass Combustion Ash Towards Prod. of Sustainable, Economical and High-Performance Geopolymer Concrete

Period of Performance: 01/01/2014 - 12/31/2014

$100K

Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Metna Co.
1926 Turner Street Array
Lansing, MI 48906
Principal Investigator
Firm POC

Abstract

The project will develop value-added applications for non-wood biomass combustion ashes, relying upon their typical chemical composition, in inorganic polymers (geopolymers). as sustainable, safe, high-performance and economically competitive binder materials. Biomass ash-based geopolymers promise important environmental (carbon footprint, energy content), performance (barrier, durability, chemical stability, fire resistance, adhesion attributes) and safety (heavy metal/hazardous waste encapsulation) and economic advantages over ordinary cementitious binders. They can replace concrete and other cementitious materials in demanding infrastructure and environmental applications.