Prof. Fazhou Wang is the Vice President of Wuhan University of Technology, where he also serves as the Director of the State Key Laboratory of Silicate Materials for Architectures. Prof. Wang’s current interests are focused on the development of low carbon binders and their application in mitigating CO2 emission in the cement industry, featured by the high ferrite cement and γ-C2S based carbonatable binder. Prof. Wang is the recipient of more than 20 research grants, including the National 13th Five-Year Plan Key R&D Program, National “863” Program and International Key Collaboration Program of National Natural Science Foundation. His research accomplishments have earned him a number of major awards, including National Science & Technology Progress Award (2nd Prize in 2001 and 2010), Department of Education Science & Technology Award (1st Prize in 2008) and Department of Education New Century Outstanding Talents Project. Prof. Wang is the RILEM senior member and the deputy director of the Chinese Ceramic Society-Cement Branch. He has published more than 130 SCI-indexed papers in the past five years, co-authored the book “Lightweight Aggregate Concrete”, and received more than 40 China invention patents.
Recent Progress on Carbonatable Binders
Carbonatable binders are the minerals that are capable of hardening by the spontaneous reaction with carbon dioxide under mild conditions to generate calcium carbonate and silica gel as the binding phase. Carbonatable binders have been recognized as a promising route for the utilization of carbon dioxide contained in flue gases to make building products. This paper reviews the recent progress on carbonatable binders, including the definition and categories, the reaction mechanism, microstructure and application in the building industry.