DuRSAAM – PhD Training Network on Durable, Reliable and Sustainable Structures with Alkali-Activated Materials

Međunarodni projekt • Aktivan projekt

Project duration: 01.11.2018. - 31.10.2022

Project code: H2020-MSCA-ITN-2018 813596

Link to the external project page: dursaam.ugent.be

Project lead:

Department(s) at the Faculty:
Department of Materials

Lead institution:
Ghent University

Project manager:
doc.dr.sc. Marijana Serdar


Delft University of Technology
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
University of Sheffield
University of Zagreb Faculty of Civil Engineering
University of Patras
ETH Zurich


Ana Baričević
Olivera Bukvić
Antonino Runci
Nina Štirmer


Source of funding:
Horizon 2020, H2020-MSCA-ITN-2018, Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Networks



The aim of the project is to develop a new generation of cement-free alkali-activated binders as an alternative to classic cement-based concrete, in order to enable their application in sustainable green construction. Concrete is the most common construction material, and the omission of cement from concrete production significantly reduces CO2 emissions as one of the most significant factors among the harmful effects on the environment. Interdisciplinary research is focused on the examination of alkali-activated materials from various aspects – composition design, microstructure, structural application, durability and assessment of service life and sustainability of materials.


The project activities will contribute to understanding the properties of alkali-activated materials, predicting their durability and expanding the scientific database to enable the reliable application of alkali-activated materials in construction. Connecting and collaborating with thirteen doctoral students from different fields on this project will contribute to the training of scientific staff for further research and development of environmentally efficient construction.