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Trace elements and reactivity of cement clinker in conventional and future production processes

PhD project within the Industrial Doctoral School at Umeå University.

As part of the overall goal of significantly reducing the CO2 emissions from cement production, this project aims to study the effect of different process setups and raw materials on trace elements and cement clinker product reactivity. Specific contributions include method and model development and validation related to reactivity and trace elements in cement clinker materials, and investigations into electrification and separate calcination in cement clinker production.

Head of project

Amanda Vikström
Doctoral student

Project overview

Project period:

2022-01-01 2026-12-31

Participating departments and units at Umeå University

Department of Applied Physics and Electronics

Research area

Energy engineering

Project description

The production of cement constitutes about 7 % of the world´s total CO2 emissions. When integrated into a Carbon Capture and Storage/Utilization network electrified production processes hold the potential to achieve near-zero CO2 emission production of cement.

This project contributes to the transformation of one of society´s key industrial sectors, cement production, towards a sustainable future, with results expected to be also applicable in other industrial sectors.

The doctoral student will be part of the research environment of the Centre of Sustainable Cement and Quicklime Production and the Department of Applied Physics and Electronics. The Centre collaborates with the research group Thermochemical Energy Conversion laboratory (TEC-lab), with access to its own and shared research infrastructures such as the Umeå Centre for Electron Microscopy (USEM).

This project will be planned and performed in close collaboration with Cementa AB, the sole producer of cement clinker in Sweden.