Institute of Construction and Building Materials
Our main objective is to manage new developments and to find answers for the main problems that are facing us, such as for example the energy reduction, reuse of raw materials, and minimization of CO2 emissions. These current and upcoming themes tighten the boundary conditions within which we have to develop our future construction materials.
Education and research give us the opportunity to develop together with students, researchers and colleague professors advanced innovations that can be judged, implemented and used by the industry. A strong cooperation between industry and researchers is therefore indispensable.
Research and technologies that are at our disposal are increasingly approaching the smaller scale levels. More and more technological solutions are discovered by research conducted at the micro and nano-scale levels. High-tech numerical and experimental facilities enable this and may contribute to find the answers on the most important future questions such as quantification of the service-life of sustainable materials, the development of environmentally friendly cements and the assessment of the actual and residual life of current and new infrastructures like bridges, tunnels, etc. New research initiatives as self-healing materials or bio-inspired material developments could also have a contribution to this.