Monthly Archives: November 2011

The Great Ocean Road Trip

So we decided to take an epic road trip across the southern coast of Australia.  It turned out to be an incredible experience – I need to road trip more often! I’m presenting this post as a photo blog. You … Continue reading

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My Research – Part 3

The third analytical test I performed on the raw fly ash and the geopolymers was dilatometry a.k.a. thermo mechanical analysis (TMA). This is a measure of the deformation of a material under a constant stress over a temperature range.  The … Continue reading

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My Research – Part 2

The second analytical test I performed on the raw fly ash and the geopolymers was infrared spectroscopy. This method utilizes the FT-IR spectrometer instrument to acquire the broadband IR spectra, which can help to elucidate the structure of a compound. … Continue reading

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My Research – Part 1

My primary reason for trekking across the Pacific wasn’t to see koalas in their natural habitat (even though that would be good reason), but actually to conduct research on fly ash geopolymers. Specifically, I am developing beneficial pathways for utilization … Continue reading

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