National Science Foundation financially supports UCLA

Prototype samples of 3D-printed concrete. The cube is about 1 square inch in volume

A team of UCLA engineers has received a USD 1.5M grant from the National Science Foundation to develop 3D-printed concrete that incorporates carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, as part of a binder.

Currently, the process to make cement, which binds concrete, accounts for about 8% of global man-made carbon emissions. The research team will explore new alternative cement that could cut into this by incorporating carbon dioxide into the manufacturing process. The resulting product could have a carbon footprint of 60% less than current products.

The principal investigator of the grant is Mathieu Bauchy, a computational materials scientist and an assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at the UCLA Samueli School of Engineering.

Other UCLA Samueli faculty members on the grant include Gaurav Sant, professor of civil and environmental engineering; Ximin He, an assistant professor of materials science and engineering; and Puneet Gupta, a professor of electrical and computer engineering.

The grant will support graduate students and postdoctoral scholars, and will also allow the team to train undergraduate students.

The grant is part of the NSF’s Designing Materials to Revolutionize and Engineer the Future program.