A more sustainable way to make cement.
NYU Abu Dhabi engineering faculty and researchers are frequently featured in local and international media.
Concrete is a huge source of carbon emissions. These researchers are working to make it greener
Our world is built of concrete. Durable and cheap, it’s the construction material of choice for buildings, bridges and tunnels. But its ubiquity means it has a huge environmental impact.
Egyptian Independent | June 16, 2023
Brine is being used to make cement
Scientists at NYU Abu Dhabi are developing a process to make sustainable cement from the residual salt left by desalination plants.
CNN International, Bold Pursuits | May 20, 2023
Scientists in Abu Dhabi develop carbon-free cement
The world's cement industry is among the biggest polluters in the world. It accounts for up to 8% of carbon dioxide emissions, according to the National Academy of Sciences. A carbon-free alternative is being developed by scientists in Abu Dhabi that could bring big environmental benefits.
CNN, Connect the World with Becky Anderson | May 15, 2023
Land of Dreamers Who Do
Dr. Kemal Celik and his team have developed a process to create concrete from the byproducts of desalination. "Focus on the ultimate goals!" Dr. Celik says, young innovators.
UAE Pavilion Expo 2020 | Oct 1, 2021 – Mar 31, 2022
UAE's win at the Venice Biennale can make our cities greener
It is a matter of great pride that the UAE’s Wetland Pavilion of the Venice Architecture Biennale, curated by Wael Al Awar and Kenichi Teramoto, won the Golden Lion for Best National Participation this past fortnight.
The National | Sep 13, 2021
A sustainable alternative to concrete: UAE pavilion at the venice architecture biennale
On the occasion of the venice architecture biennale 2021, the united arab emirates pavilion presents a large-scale prototype structure created from an environmentally friendly cement made from recycled industrial waste brine.
Designboom | July 07, 2021
Climate: is desalination dangerous for our oceans?
In arid regions, the main source of drinking water comes from desalination plants. They transform seawater into fresh water. But all the salt released into the environment could weaken ecosystems.
France Télévisions, France 3 | Aug 18, 2020 (available in French)
UAE architects make cement out of salt
A Dubai-based architect duo is looking to break from conventional building practices with an alternative cement conceived in the salt flats of the UAE and made using a problematic waste material.
CNN Style | June 22, 2020
Greening the building industry
This NYU professor has invented a new type of concrete that uses industrial by-products to trap carbon. His research could make the construction industry more sustainable.
Abu Dhabi Find Wonder | June 22, 2020 (available in English and Arabic)
An innovative way to make cement from brine mud
A new study conducted by a team from New York University Abu Dhabi revealed the possibility of manufacturing cement from salty clay resulting from the water desalination process, and that the UAE is in a distinguished position to become a leader in this new and unique field of sustainable construction.
Al Ittihad | July 19, 2019 (available in Arabic)
Can Our Streets Absorb Greenhouse Gases?
I wrote about driving to work before, wondering if we could cut emissions with sustainable fuels. Now I’m wondering – what about the roads we drive on?
Sea Spray Labs | June 20, 2019
A new breakthrough lowers the footprint of making both concrete and fresh water
Cement is typically manufactured through a carbon-intensive heating process, but a team of researchers in Abu Dhabi think they can make a cleaner version–using what’s left over after desalination.
Fast Company | April 26, 2019