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The Chair for Construction Chemistry conducts fundamental research in the fields of inorganic binders and organic admixtures.

We synthesize and analyze new materials such as e.g. nanocomposites utilizing among others colloid chemical methods.


Experiments on Cement Hydration Under Zero Gravity

In March 2016 a research team from the Chair for Construction Chemistry at TU München conducted experiments to investigate the early hydration of Portland cement under zero gravity on parabolic flights. In the experiments, the early nucleation and growth of ettringite crystals as well as of calcium silicate hydrates (C-S-H phases) were studied during short periods of microgravity.

It was found that under zero gravity, the ettringite crystals formed are more abundant yet smaller which can be explained by the absence of convection. The results were published in several scientific papers (see section “research”, list of publications).

A. Aignesberger Award of the ACI to Prof. Dr. Johann Plank

On 15.07.2015, the American Concrete Institute (ACI) presented the A. Aignesberger Award to Professor Dr. Johann Plank, during the “11th International Conference on Superplasticizers and Other Chemical Admixtures in Concrete”, held in Ottawa/Canada. This distinction honours Prof. Plank for his outstanding contributions over many years to the Research & Development of plasticizers and other concrete admixtures.

The award bears the name of Dr. Alois Aignesberger who, in 1962, while working for the SKW company in Trostberg/Germany, was the first to synthesize a concrete superplasticizer and to recognize its significance for modern concrete technology.




2nd International Conference

on Polycarboxylate Superplasticizers

(PCE 2017)

September 27 - 28, 2017



2nd International Conference

on the Chemistry

of Construction Materials

October 10 - 12, 2016

Opening video of the ICCCM

⇒ Program of the ICCCM 2016

⇒ Photos of the ICCCM 2016

Impressions of the ICCCM