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Clarkson University Professor Peethamparan Receives Funding from the New York State Pollution Prevention Institute to Study Green Concrete

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Professor Sulapha Peethamparan studies cement-free “green” concrete.

Professor Sulapha Peethamparan, of Clarkson’s Civil & Environmental Engineering Department, received a $30,000 grant from the New York State Pollution Prevention Institute (NYSP2I) for her research on cement-free "green" concrete.

“This funding is designed to further stimulate research efforts and develop innovative solutions in the broad categories of sustainability and pollution prevention," says Dr. Anahita Williamson, NYSP2I director. Projects were selected based on their potential to reduce the environmental footprint of businesses in an effective and economical way.

Professor Peethamparan is investigating the stability of a new 'greener' cement-free concrete (CFC) when it is exposed to water. The CFC is formulated by mixing a strong alkali solution, industrial byproduct fly ash and aggregate, without using any cement. She will expose the CFC to water to evaluate the stability of this type of concrete to leaching. The dissolved ion concentrations of the water in contact with CFC will be analyzed periodically to check the concentration of the heavy metals and other metallic ions leaching out of the CFC.

The New York State Pollution Prevention Institute is housed at Rochester Institute of Technology. It provides statewide, comprehensive and integrated programming in technology research, development and diffusion, as well as training and education aimed at making New   York State more sustainable for workers, the public, the environment and the economy. NYSP2I was created in 2008 through a grant from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. Additional partners include Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Clarkson University, the State University of New York at Buffalo and New York’s 10 Regional Technology Development Centers. To learn more, go to http://www.rit.edu/affiliate/nysp2i/.