Professor Receives NSF CAREER Award to Study Cement with Reduced Carbon Dioxide Footprint
Gaurav N. Sant, a UCLA assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, and holder of the Edward K. and Linda L. Rice Endowed Term Chair in Materials Science, has received a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award from the National Science Foundation.
The NSF CAREER award is the organization’s most prestigious award in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations.
The award will fund research on developing new highly-reactive, efficient cementing formulations to replace traditional Portland cement as the principal binder phase in concrete. This is of enormous importance to producing a more sustainable infrastructure, as it is recognized that cement production alone accounts for 6% to 9% of man-made global carbon dioxide emissions.
Sant’s research is focused on developing and designing resilient materials with a low carbon footprint for construction of the next generation of sustainable infrastructure.
Sant joined the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science in 2010, after receiving his Ph.D. from Purdue University’s School of Civil Engineering.
To find our more about Sant’s research, go to: http://www.cee.ucla.edu/faculty/sant/profile