Chemistry Postgraduate Students Granted Scholarships to Train at EPFL, Switzerland
We applaud two of our second-year M.Sc Chemistry (Materials Chemistry Option) students, Victor Kiptoo Mutai and Loyford Muchui Mugambi who have been granted scholarships by the Laboratory of Construction Materials, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) to attend advanced training school on the Characterization Methods Adapted to Limestone Calcined Clay Cement (LC3) at EPFL, Switzerland in June / July, 2022.
The two are second-year M.Sc (Materials Chemistry) students at the Department of Physical Sciences, Meru University of Science & Technology. They will attend the training with a view to enhancing their scientific knowledge and research skills in the field of cement chemistry. The training will also offer them a platform to network with established researchers and professionals across the world. It is envisaged to be an exceptional opportunity for the exchange of best research experiences and future prospects of research collaborations. It is also an occasion for them to familiarize with the best research practices as a channel for their personal development.
Limestone Calcined Clay Cement is a new type of cement that is based on a blend of limestone and calcined clay. It can reduce global carbon dioxide emissions by up to 40 percent, is made using limestone and clays which are available in sufficient quantities across the globe; is cost-effective and does not require capital intensive modifications to existing cement plants. It is a potentially viable option for the provision of affordable, eco-friendly and easily scalable solutions for affordable housing, roads and other infrastructure needs in the built environment in Kenya and other developing countries. Climate change is affecting virtually every country on every continent. It is disrupting national economies and affecting lives. Weather patterns are changing, sea levels are rising, and weather events are becoming more extreme. Limestone calcined clay has an inherently low carbon footprint, its production if adopted is likely to provide an excellent solution to combat climate change in the world.
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