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Posted: Mar 15, 2012
Use of nanotechnology discussed by large cement companies
(Nanowerk News) The Baskrete Initiative (Basque Country Initiative for Cement and Concrete Research), whose objective is to promote the implementation of nanotechnologies in the cement and concrete industry, organized a special seminar in San Sebastian on the 13 and 14 March where the sector's largest companies in the world, such as Cemex, Lafarge, Italcementi and the Bozzetto Group, attended.
The event was attended by both Spanish and international companies in the cement industry and companies from sectors which consume the product in addition to those in the petroleum industry.
Baskrete, an initiative which emerges from the Etortek Strategic Research Programme of the Basque Government's Department of Industry, Innovation, Trade and Tourism, is a collaboration project developed by the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU), the Donostia International Physics Center (DIPC), the Materials Physics Center (CFM) and Tecnalia Research & Innovation within the framework of the Euskampus International Excellence Campus. Baskrete's objective is to make the Basque Country an international research and business node of the cement industry since the Basque scientific fabric is already an international reference in that related with these types of materials.
This initiative sets out to coordinate the research of nanosciences and nanotechnologies developed in the Basque Country with regards to cement and transfer the technological knowledge to companies in the sector.
Research in the cement industry currently focuses on achieving production with less CO2 emissions into the atmosphere as well as obtaining more durable materials with improved properties.