Published on Tuesday April 27, 2010
A team of Drexel and Villanova University researchers have won a $75,000 Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) P3 (People, Prosperity, and the Planet) Phase II design competition for "Alkali-Activated Slag Cement (AASC) as a Sustainable Building Material." The goal of this research is to create a sustainable cement that emits 95% less CO2 during the manufacturing process, but is competitive in performance and cost with ordinary portland cement.
The team is led by Department of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) Professor Michel Barsoum and includes Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics (MEM) National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow and Ph.D. student Alex Moseson (B.S. MEM/M.S. MSE 2007; advisor: Michel Barsoum) and freshman Abraham Crook (MSE); Joseph Shook, Jamie Mucha, Aleksandra Terpeluk, and Professor Aleksandra Radlinska of Villanova University; and University of Michigan postdoctoral researcher Dr. Aaron Sakulich (MSE B.S. 2005, Ph.D. 2009; advisor: Michel Barsoum).
This is the third year Drexel has won a Phase II award and the second year in a row a group under Professor Barsoum's advisement has received the award. Last year's winner was the Senior Design team of Eric Eisele, Courtney Reid, Dan Pugh, Sarah Byrnes, and Charlie Woods for "Cool Roof Coatings Utilizing Glass Hollow Microspheres for Improved Solar Reflectance."
The EPA P3 competition is highly competitive, with approximately 50 teams winning $10,000 Phase I awards and, this year, 14 teams funded through the Phase II competition. Benefits of winning also include the opportunity to present and network annually at the Sustainable Design Expo on the National Mall in Washington, DC. As part of the National Sustainable Design Expo, Alex Moseson gave a talk entitled, "Cement from Trash: Alkali-Activated Cements that Cut CO2 by 95%."
Additionally, the team of researchers won the only second annual iCAST (International Center for Appropriate & Sustainable Technology) Triple Bottom-Line Impact Award. iCAST's mission is "to provide economic, environmental, and social benefits to economically disadvantaged individuals and communities; and to provide education and training that builds local capacity." The award consists of a cash award of $1,000 and $10,000 in consulting services (business incubation/development, marketing, grant writing, etc.) from iCAST Marketplace.