Taking a Page From Glass Science to Create Gorilla Cement

By Denise Brehm
Civil and Environmental Engineering

Scientists in MIT’s Concrete Sustainability Hub would like to enhance concrete’s performance by manipulating the basic component of cement (calcium-silica-hydrate or C-S-H) at the molecular level, much as Corning Inc. has done with glass to create the crack-resistant Gorilla Glass used in many mobile devices.

Senior research scientist Roland Pellenq (left) and Professor Franz-Josef Ulm (right) have been studying cement and concrete throughout their careers. Developments in technology over the past decade have made it possible for them to now work with these materials at the atomistic scale. Photo / L. Barry Hetherington