Author Archives: Chris Shearer

About Chris Shearer

Chris Shearer grew up in the great state of Ohio in America, and is currently pursuing his PhD in Civil Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology. With support from the National Science Foundation East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes (NSF EAPSI) program, he is currently researching fly ash geopolymers at The University of Melbourne under Dr. John Provis during the "summer" of 2011. In his spare time he is an avid movie-watcher, reader, traveler, musician, and supporter of Yellow Jackets sports.

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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Melbourne at Last!

Time has passed so quickly since I’ve arrived in Melbourne. I’ve been so busy researching, sightseeing, and having the time of my life that I haven’t had a chance to blog! I will attempt to recap my first four weeks … Continue reading

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A Hop, Skip and a Jump to Canberra

There was a happy reunion of the EAPSI fellows at the Sydney airport before boarding the prop-plane to Canberra for the shortest flight of my life. Yet the efficient stewardesses still served us food and drinks even though we practically … Continue reading

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Sydney Explorer

I had two more days to spend in Sydney before heading to the EAPSI orientation in the Australian capital of Canberra. The majority of the time was spent wandering around the sprawling city. After taking the ferry back from surfer … Continue reading

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