This is a PhD project that aims to improve the understanding of how various additives used in gypsum board formulations affect the kinetics and mechanisms of gypsum crystallization and the microstructure of the resulting gypsum matrix. The ultimate goal is to identify the reactions that lead to a reduction in the amount of gypsum used in gypsum boards, while maintaining sustainable performance requirements.
The experimental PhD project will be carried out in our mineral synthesis laboratories, and this work will be complemented by training and experiments related to mechanical testing and transfer of experimental results to "real" factory conditions. This latter part will be carried out in close collaboration with ETEX personnel and in dedicated ETEX laboratory facilities.
Karim Altona, a PhD student from our research group, is working on this project.