MIT researchers chip away at the mysteries of concrete

08/8/2011 | Boston Globe (tiered subscription model), The

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology will hold a symposium this week to discuss their efforts to make concrete more environmentally friendly. Scientists are working to "change the [properties of concrete] by changing the composition and structure down at the atomistic scale," said Krystyn Van Vliet, associate professor of materials science and engineering at MIT. Discovering the "DNA of concrete" could allow them to produce new formulations with desirable properties such as increased strength.

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