We develop the building materials of the future
Since time immemorial, people have been using building materials to construct buildings and other structures such as bridges or dams. While in earlier times, wood and natural stone and clay were used for building, today it is materials such as cement, concrete, brick and plasterboard made from natural raw materials that predominate.
In order to keep pace with man’s desire to construct ever-larger and more imposing buildings, as well as with the need to build in a way that is both energy-efficient and saves on resources, today’s building materials have to be constantly improved and new, innovative ones developed. As experts in inorganic materials and recycling, we see ourselves as a competent partner in both applied and fundamental research & development relating to mineral-based (i.e. primarily inorganic) building materials.
We conduct extensive research on building materials, from concrete through aerated concrete and lightweight building materials right up to geopolymers and RC building materials
Our knowledge and expertise range from mass building materials like concrete and cement through special building materials such as aerated concrete and other lightweight building materials right up to cement-free building materials like geopolymers or geopolymer concrete. Another focus is on the development of innovative, sustainable recycled (RC) building materials consisting predominantly or entirely of secondary raw materials, an essential field of work if the construction industry is to become sustainable and carbon-neutral in the future.
Last but not least, we can also learn from the past as we develop new building materials - for example, from Roman concretes that have survived the centuries almost unscathed.
At our Holzkirchen branch, apart from a building materials laboratory, we also have a solid-state analytical, thermal, optical and preparative laboratory. To conduct research on aerated concrete, we have our own pilot plant with a saturated steam autoclave similar to those used in industry.