Geopolymeric nanomaterials

Shaojiang Chen, Dong Kyun Seo

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In comparison to zeolites and clays, geopolymeric aluminosilicates and their chemistry have been much less explored despite its enormous potential for discovery and utilization of new materials. This work introduces recent advances in understanding of geopolymerization reactions and production of geopolymer nanomaterials and examplifies some of their sustainability applications in the areas of water decontamination, catalysis, antimicrobials, biomedical therapeutics, and functional additives. Emphasis is given on synthetic strategies in production of high-performance nanostructured geopolymeric aluminosilicates through cost-effective and scalable processes. By using the chemical relationship between geopolymer and zeolites, exploratory syntheses of geopolymer have provided new knowledge of geopolymer chemistry and have resulted in newly developed synthetic approaches for novel geopolymeric nanomaterials. Further research and development will lead to new functional geopolymeric materials that may provide novel opportunities in sustainability applications that zeolites and clays cannot address and hence benefit the society to a great extent.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAlkali-Activated Materials in Environmental Technology Applications
Number of pages28
ISBN (Electronic)9780323884389
ISBN (Print)9780323884396
StatePublished - Jan 1 2022


  • Geopolymers
  • functionalization
  • nanomaterials
  • synthesis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering
  • General Materials Science


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