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Training Position – Investigating the Use of Geopolymers in Building Envelopes for Energy Saving

Status: Closed



Investigating the Use of Geopolymers in Building Envelopes for Energy Saving.

Sending Institution

Notre Dame University - Louaize (NDU) in Lebanon

Host Institution

University of Oulu (UOulu) in Finland


Dr. Priyadharshini Perumal & Lab Supervisor : Suman Kumar Adikary from OULU

Dr. Talal Salem from NDU

Start Date

August 7, 2023 (For 21 days)

Application Deadline

June 1, 2023


Phase Change Material, Geopolymer Concrete, Energy Saving, Building Envelope.

Profile & Skills Required

A Civil Engineering student currently at the senior level or pursuing a Master’s Degree with a background in materials and Geopolymers.

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.



Geopolymer concrete is a type of concrete that is made by reacting aluminate and silicate-bearing materials with a caustic activator, such as fly ash or slag from iron and metal production. It is a more sustainable alternative to Ordinary Portland Cement OPC, showing lower thermal energy and CO2 emissions across all concrete classifications. In fact, it is an environmentally superior concrete that could use up to 90% industrial by-product waste materials while producing up to 80% lower CO2 emissions. It is sustainable and energy efficient. Using geopolymer-enhanced materials in building envelopes, including hospitals, will directly relate to more environmentally sustainable buildings, reducing energy demands.


To validate the framework, quality tests must be performed on the materials. Initial tests were conducted at NDU labs; however, many still need to be done due to their unavailability in Lebanon. The objective of this training is to conduct these remaining tests to get a full image of the properties of these materials. These tests include workability, compressive and bond strength tests, thermal stability, thermal conductivity/resistance, thermal expansion, sound, and aging tests.


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 June 1, 2023.

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Any omission or non-compliance with the instructions requested will result in the Applicant's ineligibility. Any application that does not comply with the instructions will be rejected.