ACT – Advanced Low CO2 Cementitous Materials

Međunarodni projekt • Aktivan projekt

Project duration: 1.4.2019. – 1.4.2022.

Project code: 180590

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Project lead:

Department(s) at the Faculty:
Department of Materials

Lead institution:
Sveučilište u Zagrebu Građevinski fakultet

Project manager: Marijana Serdar


École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, EPFL, Lausanne, Švicarska


Matea Flegar
Kiran Ram Porikam Poil 


Source of funding:
Croatian Science Fundation, Croatian-Swiss Research Programme CSRP 2017 – 2023

1,363,094 kuna


The aim of the project is to optimize the composition of cement and concrete based on the partial replacement of cement clinker with locally available waste materials and by-products of industries. This creates a double benefit, reduces CO2 emissions from the production of ordinary cement clinker and uses material that would otherwise be disposed of in landfills. The project focuses on two different aspects of sustainable concrete development researched by two PhD students. On the one hand, it is studied how to achieve minimal impact on the environment in the production of concrete of wide application (strength in the range of 20 to 40 MPa) without special durability requirements. On the other hand, high-performance concrete for use in buildings exposed to aggressive environments, such as maritime conditions, is studied.


International cooperation will lead to the development of two doctorates, and the project and joint mentoring will strengthen the cooperation between the Faculty of Civil Engineering and EPFL. Joint mentoring is based on the transfer of knowledge between the two institutions implementing the project – on the one hand basic knowledge of hydration and microstructure of cement materials provided by EPFL, and on the other knowledge of designing the composition and durability of concrete elements provided by the Faculty of Civil Engineering. Through the dissemination activities envisaged by the project, the knowledge gathered from Switzerland will be transferred to the entire region, multiplying the benefits of the project.