Recently Professor Trudy Kriven was interviewed by Paul Wood, staff writer for The News-Gazette.
Professor Waltraud (Trudy) Kriven, from the University of Illinois’ Department of Materials Science and Engineering and also CEO of KeanTech LLC is working to reduce carbon-dioxide emissions and waste by creating versatile ceramic products at room temperature instead of in high-heat furnaces.
“When you make ceramics, you have to heat them at very high temperatures for long times. But geopolymers are inorganic compounds that you make from dehydrated clay or waste material like fly ash or slag, and a silicate liquid. By high intensity mixing you get a solution, like ‘runny honey’ that you can reinforce with basalt fibers or particulates such as sand.”