11 January 2023

'Carbon neutral' cement exploits by-products from steel and chemical industries

Academics from Teesside University, UK, are collaborating with industry partners on the £7.6mln project entitled ‘Mevocrete’.

Dr Sina Rezaei Gomari (right) showcasing the facilities at Teesside University to Dr Elizabeth Gilligan and Sam Clark from Material Evolution © Teesside University

The Mevocrete project is working with a new construction material made using waste steel slag patented by Middlesbrough-based company Material Evolution Ltd.

The resulting product is reported to emit up to 85% less carbon dioxide when compared to a traditional concrete made from Ordinary Portland Cement (OPC).

Teesside University has won funding from Innovate UK to work with Material Evolution to create a full-scale onsite facility for cement production using waste steel slag at Teesworks.

Researchers from the University’s School of Computing, Engineering & Digital Technologies will analyse the steel slag and its chemical composition and measure how efficient it is at sequestering carbon.