Final Conference

About the conference

The ERICA and CASH II Final Conference will be held from January 25 to 27, 2021. At this event, the ERICA and CASH II projects will be presented along with invited and contributed talks.

After consultation with the steering boards of ERICA and CASH II, it was finally decided to organize the ERICA and CASH II Final Conference only in an online format.

Inorganic hydrates such as calcium-silicate-hydrate, abbreviated C-S-H, are “wonder” materials exceedingly rich in terms of potential applications that can be produced in almost any shape or form, cheaply and in large quantities right across the world from local and sustainable resources. C-S-H is the “glue” of cement, itself the glue of concrete, material with enormous economic impact. But C-S-H and other hydrates are also used as a filler in paper and in polymer composites, as dental filling materials, for waste water treatment in fertilizers and as insulation and encasement materials including for nuclear waste.
C-S-H is the main phase controlling the performance of cement-based materials. These materials are so widely used that their production is the leading industrial source of greenhouse gases, contributing about 8% of global CO2 emissions despite very low emissions per kg. Engineering C-S-H growth for faster strength development and for improved performance, such as water transport that affects C-S-H durability, is key to further lowering the CO2 impact of construction.

The conference is co-sponsored by 

ERICA, a project funded by the European Union under the Horizon 2020 – Marie Skłodowska-Curie – Innovative Training Network programme, is an innovative, five-nation project straddling materials science and engineering, physics and chemistry in diverse areas of experimentation and computational modelling.
The overarching aim of the ERICA project is to understand how to engineer hydrates at the nanoscale and to enable improved engineering applications. Read more…


Another way to reduce CO2 emissions is to partially replace Portland cement by Supplementary Cementitious Materials (SCMs) such as blast furnace slag, fly ash, silica fume or calcined clays. However, these SCMs cause changes in C-S-H composition.
CASH II is a Swiss-Danish research project investigating the effect of aluminum, potassium and sodium on the structure and solubility of C-S-H, using innovative experimental methods and computational modelling. Read more…

Scientific Committee

Mohsen Ben Haha, HTC, Germany
Villiam Bortolotti, UNIBO, Italy
Paul Bowen, EPFL, Switzerland
Paola Fantazzini, UNIBO, Italy
David Faux, USurrey, UK
Christian Hellmich, TU Wien, Austria
Barbara Lothenbach, EMPA, Switzerland
Peter McDonald, USurrey, UK
Bernhard Pichler, TU Wien, Austria
Karen Scrivener, EPFL, Switzerland

Preliminary programme

The preliminary program is already available at Please note that the preliminary program is still subject to possible changes. The scientific program consists of 11 invited and 36 contributed talks.
The virtual conference will be held in Zoom and Gather.Town. Presentations as well as short Q&A sessions following the presentations will be handled in Zoom. Participants are kindly invited to also join interactive discussion sessions in a “Town Hall” meeting in Gather.Town at the end of each contributed session. Login details as well as further instructions for Zoom and Gather.Town will be provided to all registered participants a few days before the conference.




Invited Speakers

Jürgen ADOLPHS (Microtrac Retsch GmbH, Germany): Water vapor sorption and in situ determination of swelling and shrinkage of hardened cement paste

Natalia ALDERETE (Ghent University, Belgium): Importance of deformations for explaining anomalous capillary imbibition in cementitious materials

Jean François BARTHÉLÉMY (CEREMA, France): A numerical tool for an easy implementation of homogenization schemes: development and applications

Jean Francois DUFRECHE (Université de Montpellier, France): Multi-scale modelling of charged porous oxides

Christopher HALL (University of Edinburgh, UK): Contact time: capillary transport with material alteration

Ippei MARUYAMA (Nagoya University, Japan): Shrinkage of alite paste associated with a dynamic microstructure change under the first drying

Aslam KUNHI MOHAMED (ETH Zurich, Switzerland): Atomic-level structural features of C-(A)-S-H

Leo PEL (Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands): NaCl ion transport and interaction in cementitious materials as observed by NMR

Matthieu VANDAMME (École des Ponts ParisTech, France): Modeling how fluids deform porous materials: application to drying shrinkage

Colin WALKER (Japan Atomic Energy Agency, Japan): C(-A)-S-H gel solubility model development and its application to high content fly ash silica fume cement (HFSC)

Mateusz WYRZYKOWSKI (Empa, Switzerland): Redistribution of water in hardened cement paste under thermal and mechanical loading

Registration and registration fees

Interested participants are requested to register online:


Registration fees for online attendance of the meeting

Registration fee                      50 €

Registration fee includes attendance of all sessions and Book of Abstract.

Cancellation policy

Cancellations must be submitted in writing

Up to October 31, 2020         full refund
Up to December 18, 2020     50% of fee
After December 18, 2020      no refund possible

Important dates


  • Submission of 150 words abstracts     August 31, 2020
  • Notification of acceptance                     September 10, 2020
  • Submission of two-page abstract         October 31, 2020



  • Early registration deadline                    September 15, 2020
  • Registration deadline presenters         October 31, 2020
  • Conference dates                                    January 25-27, 2021

Conference Management

  • Martina Pöll (TU Wien, Austria)
  • Ute Klötzer (HTC, Germany)
  • Marie-Alix Dalang-Secretan (EPFL, Switzerland)

Further Information and contact

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