Understanding the microstructure of alternative binder systems – banahCEM a metakaolin based geopolymer

Susan Lawther

Queens University Belfast / banah UK Ltd

Susan graduated from the University of Glasgow with a BSc (hons) (2007) and a PhD (2011) in Earth Science. Her PhD focussed on the microstructural analyses of fluid-rock reactions in fault zones and since completing this she has worked in gold exploration in N.Ireland and for the Northern Ireland Environmental Agency. In September 2014 Susan joined QUB as a KTP Associate in collaboration with banah UK Ltd working on geopolymer cement. Her research interests include: microstructural analysis and modelling of geopolymers; understanding the composition and distribution of the Interbasaltic Formation in N. Ireland; and the reactions and reaction mechanism in the banahCEM binder system.


Geopolymer binders have emerged as an alternative to Portland Cement systems for specialist applications due to their improved durability and environmental impact. Geopolymer binders can be made by combining alkali activators... [ view full abstract ]


  1. Susan Lawther (Queens University Belfast / banah UK Ltd)
  2. Andrew McIntosh (banah UK Ltd)
  3. Sreejith Nanukuttan (Queen's University Belfast)
  4. John Provis (University of Sheffield)
  5. Marios Soutsos (Queen's University Belfast)
  6. Deepa Jose (banah UK Ltd)

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MA-1 » Materials I (10:30 - Monday, 29th August, ENG-2001)