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ISRN Polymer Science
Volume 2013, Article ID 509185, 8 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/509185
Review Article

Geopolymer Binders: A Need for Future Concrete Construction

Structural Engineering Division, VIT University, Vellore 632014, Tamilnadu, India

Received 30 April 2013; Accepted 6 June 2013

Academic Editors: C. Bernal and G. Gentile

Copyright © 2013 K. Srinivasan and A. Sivakumar. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Applications of polymer based binder material can be an ideal choice in civil infrastructural applications since the conventional cement production is highly energy intensive. Moreover, it also consumes significant amount of natural resources for the large-scale production in order to meet the global infrastructure developments. On the other hand the usage of cement concrete is on the increase and necessitates looking for an alternative binder to make concrete. Geopolymer based cementitious binder was one of the recent research findings in the emerging technologies. The present study is aimed at providing a comprehensive review on the various production processes involved in the development of a geopolymer binder. More studies in the recent past showed a major thrust for wider applications of geopolymer binder towards a cost economic construction practice. This also envisages the reduction of global warming due to carbon dioxide emissions from cement plants.