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Thermodynamic Study of Carbon Mineralization with Recycled Concrete Fines for Carbon Capture and Utilization Applications

PUBLISHED July 20, 2022 (DOI: https://doi.org/10.54985/peeref.2207p6658185)



Akhila Mattapalli1 , Yang Lu2
  1. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  2. Boise State University

Conference / event

Idaho Conference of Undergraduate Research, July 2022 (Virtual)

Poster summary

Carbon Mineralization is the process that occurs when concrete is exposed to carbon dioxide either in the atmosphere or synthetically. Making use of this process as a form of carbon capture and utilization (CCUS) is an effective procedure to reduce the carbon emissions produced by the cement and concrete production processes. Using recycled concrete fines will further reduce the net emissions, decrease energy consumption, and extend the cyclic nature of the process. In this study, we simulate the mineralization process using CemGEMS, a thermodynamic cement modeling application, with hopes of setting the groundwork to better design the cement hydration process.


Carbon mineralization, Recycled concrete fines, Thermodynamic modeling, Carbon capture and utilization

Research areas

Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Material Sciences


  1. Kulik, D.A.; Winnefeld, F.; Kulik, A.; Miron, G.D.; Lothenbach, B. CemGEMS –an easy-to-use web application for thermodynamic modelling of cementitious materials. RILEM Tech Lett 2021, 6, 36-52; https://doi.org/10.21809/rilemtechlett.2021.140.
  2. Marija Nedeljković, Jeanette Visser, Timo G. Nijland, Siska Valcke, Erik Schlangen, Physical, chemical and mineralogical characterization of Dutch fine recycled concrete aggregates: A comparative study, Construction and Building Materials, Volume 270, 2021, 121475, ISSN 0950-0618, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.conbuildmat.2020.121475.


  1. National Science Foundation (No. XC-1950305)

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Competing interests
None declared.
Data availability statement
Data sharing not applicable to this poster as no datasets were generated or analyzed during the current study.
Creative Commons license
Copyright © 2022 Mattapalli et al. This is an open access work distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Mattapalli, A., Lu, Y. Thermodynamic Study of Carbon Mineralization with Recycled Concrete Fines for Carbon Capture and Utilization Applications [not peer reviewed]. Peeref 2022 (poster).
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