Mazen Alshaaer

Prince Sattam Bin Abdulaziz University

Mazen Alshaaer is an associate Professor of Materials Science at the Prince Sattam bin Abdulaziz University. He received his doctorate degree in Materials Science, with specialization in synthesis of inorganic materials, from Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Belgium) in 2006. He had been working at the University of Jordan from 2006 until 2012. He was a visiting scholar at University of Aveiro (Portugal) Technical university of Crete (Greece). He has published over 50 peer-reviewed papers in reputed international journals and conferences, besides one patent and has been the Principal Investigator or coordinator on 10 research projects. His current research interests include green construction materials, synthesis of bioceramics, cement, and scaffolds for bone tissue engineering, functional geopolymeric materials, and low cost construction.

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Geopolymers are applied to material classes that are chemically transformed from low crystallinity aluminusilicates to three-dimensional inorganic polymers (tectosilicates). The resulting material has properties similar to natural minerals, so it is called artificial rock. However, these materials exhibit a chemical composition and mineralogical structure similar to feldspar, feldspathoidal, and zeolites consisting of a polymeric Si–O– Al framework, with a microcrystalline or an amorphous structure. Although geopolymers have attractive engineering and environmental characteristics, there are some challenges in commercializing these materials. In this book, these challenges will be addressed along with introducing the functional geopolymers as an effective approach to commercializing these materials and making them economically feasible.

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