small plans: nanotechnology for the building industry

Thursday, December 08, 2005

NSF CAREER Award for Nano-Fiber Reinforced Concrete

Vanderbilt University assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering Florence Sanchez has won a prestigious CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for her research on the long-term durability of nano-structured cement-based materials. Sanchez wants to use the award to explore how new materials being developed by the nanoscience community might contribute to solving common problems in concrete construction. Nanofibers made of carbon, for example, might be added to a concrete bridge, making it possible to heat the structure during winter or allowing it to monitor itself for cracks because of the fibers’ ability to conduct electricity. more @