Building Materials

The chemistry of construction materials.

Building materials is a collective name for any natural and artifical material which is used in the building industry: natural building materials, additives, cement, concrete, building protective agents, adhesive agents etc.

The Builiding Chemistry is engaged in the materials used for construction. A number of factors play a role in the assessment of chemical building aspects, but in first line the basics of inorganic, organic and analytical chemistry.

The following list includes online available information on building chemicals and the chemistry of the materials.


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Lecture Notes, Tutorials
Special Information
Data and Databases
News Archive
Research facilities and departments

Current Articles

Cement Hydratation
Cement Hydration

The first seconds in a building’s life: X-ray diffraction studies of cement hydration on the millisecond scale.

Image: Highly dynamic hydration processes that occur during the first seconds of cement hydration were studied by time-resolved synchrotron X-ray diffraction. Polycarboxylate ether additives were found to influence the formation of the initial crystalline hydration products on a molecular level.

[Credit: Angewandte Chemie International Edition]

General Information

Construction Chemistry
Web Directory: The Chemistry of Building Materials

Lecture Notes, Tutorials

Cement Chemistry
... and types of cement - Format: PDF

Lecture notes on the properties of concrete materials. Arizona State University

The science of concrete

Special Information

Ash Hydration
CFBC Ash Hydration Studies - Format: PDF

Industrial Minerals: Bentonite factsheet. IMA

Industrial Minerals: Borate factsheet. IMA

Calcium Carbonate
Industrial Minerals: Calcium Carbonate factsheet. IMA

Cement and concrete
Information for industry professionals and students. WHD

Cement Chemistry
... and additives - Format: PDF

Industrial Minerals: Diatomite factsheet. IMA

Industrial Minerals: Feldspar factsheet. IMA

Statistics and Information. USGS Minerals Information

Industrial Minerals: Kaolin factsheet. IMA

Industrial Minerals: Lime factsheet

A crucial and versatile industrial mineral commodity - Format: PDF

Metabolism of cement chemistry
Article, 2003. The Indian Concrete Journal - Format: PDF

Mica fact sheet

Plastic Clays
Industrial Minerals: Plastic Clays factsheet

Portland Cement
Information site. FHWA

Industrial Minerals: Sepiolite factsheet. IMA

Industrial Minerals: Silicia factsheet. IMA

Industrial Minerals: Talc factsheet. IMA

Industrial Minerals: Vermiculite factsheet. IMA

Industrial Minerals: Wollastonite factsheet. IMA

Data and Databases

Thermodynamic data for hydrated solids in Portland cement system. EMPA

Heat Transmission Properties of Insulating and Building Materials
Standard Reference Database 81. NIST


Cement and Concrete Research
The aim of Cement and Concrete Research is to publish the best research on cement, cement composites, concrete and other allied materials that incorporate cement. Elsevier

Global cement, minerals, gypsum, slag, fuels, insulation, envirotec and capital
Magazines and conferences


Monitoring of cement hydration
... by broadband time-domain-reflectometry dielectric spectroscopy - Format: PDF

Quantitative X-ray diffraction phase analysis of cements ...
... containing several main constituents - Format: PDF

News Archive

Viscosity-enhancing nanomaterials may double service life of concrete
NIST engineers are patenting a method that is expected to double the service life of concrete. The key is a nano-sized additive.

Research facilities and departments

Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics
IBP, Stuttgart, Germany

The Siegen University Institute for Building & Materials Chemistry

Institute for Building Materials. ETH Zürich


Council of European Producers of Materials for Construction

European federation of national associations of producers of gypsum products

Gypsum Association
A not-for-profit trade association founded in 1930, is to promote the use of gypsum while advancing the development growth, and general welfare of the gypsum industry in the United States and Canada on behalf of its member companies

Industrial Minerals Association

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