The use of alkali materials and aluminosilicates to form a cement is broadly referred to as 'geopolymer' technology, coined by French researcher Davidovits, but is also known as alkali-activated cement and inorganic polymer concrete in various parts of the world. Geopolymer technology provides comparable performance to traditional cementitious binders, but with the added advantage of significantly reduced Greenhouse emissions, increased fire and chemical resistance and waste utilisation.
The use of geopolymers in modern industrial applications is a recent development, becoming increasingly popular due to its intrinsic environmental and technical benefits.
Although Zeobond is the first mover and world leader in modern large-scale commercial geopolymer production, industrial geopolymer applications date back half a century in some East European high-rise buildings.
Geopolymers were first trialed in some concrete applications by Glukhovsky and co-workers in the Soviet Union post-world war two, known then as 'soil-cements'. Numerous structures have been constructed in the intervening years though no commercial entities have carried this through to industrial scale. Zeobond staff members have analysed these structures, now over 50 years old, focusing on their inherent durability.