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Graduate Training Position – Experimental study of novel geopolymeric material incorporating hospital glass waste

Status: Closed

General Information


Experimental study of novel geopolymeric material incorporating hospital glass waste.

Sending Institution

University of Balamand (UOB) in Lebanon

Host Institution

University of La Rochelle (ULR) in France


Dr. Ameur Hamami from ULR

Dr. Marianne Saba from UOB

Start Date

January 9, 2023

Application Deadline

November 17, 2022


Geopolymers, Hospital Glass Waste

Profile & Skills Required

A student that has a background in materials and has the knowledge to produce, assess and characterize the mortars produced (chemical, mechanical and microstructural).

Promoting Research Work

All relevant results will be published in international journals and presented at national and international conferences. In addition, if these materials perform well, the patentability of any new results will be considered before any public disclosure.

Training Details


The training is needed to characterize the geopolymer mortars incorporating hospital glass waste.


This thesis will focus on the production of geopolymer mortar produced with glass hospital waste to provide a new approach towards sustainability in which industrial waste products will be used to replace OPC as a binder completely. An overview of the geopolymer concrete mortar will be done to replace metakaolin partially with hospital glass at different substitution rates. This work will focus on the mechanical (compressive strength); chemical and microstructural characterization of the hardened mortars.


  • Influence de l'ajout de géopolymères sur les indicateurs de durabilité des matériaux cimentaires. Academic Journal of Civil Engineering, 39(1), 47-50. Nehme, A., HAMAMI, A. E. A., & Abdelkarim, A. M. (2021).
  • Chemical properties of pore solution of hardened cement pastes with mineral additions. Advances in Cement Research, 33(8), 331-341. Cherif, R., Hamami, A. E. A., Aït-Mokhtar, A., & Siddique, R. (2021).
  • Review on the Integration of Phase Change Materials in Building Envelopes for Passive Latent Heat Storage. Applied Sciences, 11(19), 9305. Sawadogo, M., Duquesne, M., Belarbi, R., Hamami, A. E. A., & Godin, A. (2021).
  • Effect of Variability of Porous Media Properties on Drying Kinetics: Application to Cement-based Materials. In Advances in Multi-Physics and Multi-Scale Couplings in Geo-Environmental Mechanics (pp. 243-289). Elsevier. Issaadi, N., Aït-Mokhtar, A., Belarbi, R., & Hamami, A. (2018).
  • Study of the pore solution and the microstructure of mineral additions blended cement pastes. Energy Procedia, 139, 584-589. Cherif, R., Hamami, A. A., Aït-Mokhtar, A., & Meusnier, J. F. (2017).
  • Experimental and Numerical Investigation of Sodium and Potassium Based Alkali Activator on the Mechanical Properties of Geopolymer-Mortars using Lebanese Kaolin.Saba M., Tehrani F., Pouria, Absi. (2021) J. International Journal of Civil Engineering, Springer
  • Effect of recycled fine aggregates on the performance of geopolymer masonry mortars.Marianne Saba and Joseph J. Assaad. (2021) Construction and Building Materials.
  • Suitability of Metakaolin-Based Geopolymers for Masonry Plastering by Joseph J. Assaad and Marianne Saba. MS No. M-2020-030.R1. (2020) ACI Materials journal -Technical paper.
  • Suitability of metakaolin-based geopolymers for underwater applications. Hwalla J., Saba M., Assaad J. Materials and Structures (2020) 53:119 vol:01234567. 015460(0123456

Modality of the application

1. Create a student account. Click here.
2. Download the guide for applicants, application Form N°1, and application Form N°2.
3. Prepare, sign, and submit your full application online no later than November 17, 2022.

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