Introduction of our group

The Chair for Construction Chemistry conducts fundamental research in the fields of inorganic binders and organic admixtures.

We synthesize and investigate new materials e.g. nanocomposites by applying colloid-chemical methods.

Recent News:

On October 18 TUM President Prof. Hofmann appointed Prof. Plank as 'TUM Emeritus of Excellence (EoE)'. Prof. Plank is only the third EoE of the Department of Chemistry so far, who has been awarded with this title.

On October 5, at a meeting of the Construction Chemicals Association in Berlin Prof. Plank gave an experimental lecture on occasion of the farewell to the Association’s long-standing General Manager Mr. Norbert Schröter.

On Sept.14-15, the 4th International Conference PCE 2022 on Polycarboxylate (PCE) Superplasticizers was hosted by our group as a virtual event, with 175 participants from 36 countries. It was a tremendous success and brought together the global community of experts in concrete admixtures. A total of 20 high-level presentations were given on topics ranging from fundamental academic research to specific PCE polymer design and to field applications.
The next conference PCE 2023 will take place in Sept./ Oct. 2023.

Dr. Lei Lei, Habilitandin ("Junior professor") at the group for Construction Chemistry (Prof. Plank) on June 21 received the E.+K. Dyckerhoff Award 2021 for Young Scientists in recognition of her groundbreaking work on a new generation of PCE superplasticizers for low carbon cements

Prof. Plank visits Libya on 24 - 30 March 2022 within the framework of an exchange program supported by DAAD

Contracting authority: Technical University Munich, Prof. Plank
Selected procurement procedure: Procurement negotiation with three different offers after UVgO §8 Abs. 4 Pkt. 6
Place of execution of the order: 85748 Garching
Contractor: TA-Instruments/Waters-GmbH, Helfmann-Park 10, 65760 Eschborn, Germany
Subject of the order: HR-20 Discovery Rheometer mit Druckzelle (150 bar/300°C)

Inauguration of the „TUM Energy Harvester“ by TUM president Prof. Hofmann at Vitruvius yard at TUM main campus on October 27 2021.

Our former Ph.D. student Dr. Alexander Engbert received the Science Medal of the industry association "Deutsche Bauchemie e.V." in recognition of his works on alginates as substitutes for Li-based accelerators in ternary binder systems on Sept. 9, 2021 in Bonn.

Bill Gates supports our cooperation partner

May 2021: Ecocem materials, a developer of low carbon "green" cements and our cooperation partner for novel innovative PCE superplasticizers received 22.5 mio. € in equity capital from Bill Gate`s venture capital company "Breakthrough Energy Ventures".

Master`s Thesis Award 2020 by the GDCh Division Chemistry of Construction Materials Awarded to Christopher Schiefer, M. Sc.

The Master`s Thesis award 2020 by the GDCh division chemistry of construction materials was awarded to our PhD student Christopher Schiefer during the 3rd ICCCM on March 17th 2021 for his Master`s Thesis "Mg-Al-LDH-PCE Nanocomposites as Hydration Accelerators for Cement“.

Inauguration of the „Energy Harvesting Floor“ by TUM-President Prof. Hofmann and Vice President Prof. Kramer on January 15th 2020.

22.09.20: Installation of the piezoelectric „Energy Harvesting Floor“ at the entrance of the Department of Chemistry.

Highlights of the carnival lecture 2020.

Prof. Plank in Mosul, Iraq as part of a DAAD funded exchange program between TU Munich and Northern Technical University, Mosul in December 2019.

Prof. Plank receives SPE Service Award:

on 14. September 2019 the SPE Service Award was handed over to Prof. Plank by SPE President elect Shauna Noonan in recognition of his achievements in organizing international SPE Conferences, for the support of young professionals and for his role as director of SPE Germany Section South.

The price for excellent teaching was awarded to Prof. Plank at January 26th 2019.

Visit of a Chinese Delegation from President Xi Jinping in July 2019 to the topic "Foundations for Promotion of Science in Germany"

Report from BBC Arabic as Part of our in the EU-Project „ThermoDrill" developed Drilling FLuid for Geothermal Wells, 2019.

Awarding of the Science Medal Award of Deutsche Bauchemie e.V. to our former PhD student Dr. Thomas Hurnaus, now BASF, 7th June 2019 in Münster.

Invitation and Presentation at the Vietnam Concrete Association (VCA) and Vietnam Institute for Building Materials (VIBM) in Hanoi, March 13th 2019.

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Highlights of the carnival lecture 2019.

Cooperation agreement with the University of Jinan for the establishment of a "Joint laboratory" at January 1st 2019.

 2nd International Conference on UHPC Materials and Structures (UHPC 2018) in Fuzhou, November 07th - 10th 2018.

12th ICSP in Beijing, October 28th - 31th 2018.

Interview with Prof. Plank in PNP to the topic: "Es lockt die Freiheit der Wissenschaft", April 2018.

Interview Prof. Plank

Highlights of the carnival lecture 2018.

Appointment of Prof. Plank as Honorary Professor at the University of Jinan in November 2017.

Eco-friendly Cement –
The Chair on Arte.

Experiments on the Hydration of Cement under Zero Gravity.

In the beginning of March 2016 a researcher team of the Chair for Construction Chemistry conducted experiments on the early hydration of cement under zero gravity conditions utilizing parabolic flights. The crystallization (nucleation) of ettringite and calcium silicate hydrates (C-S-H phases) were investigated.

It was found out that under zero gravity, the ettringite crystals formed are more abundant yet smaller which can be explained by the absence of convection. The results were published in several scientific papers (see section "research", list of publications).



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Current Events

Prof. Plank became a Honorary Fellow of the British Institute of Concrete Technology on July 19, 2022

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Master`s Thesis Award 2020 to Christopher Schiefer

„Energy Harvesting Floor“

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Past Events

3rd International Conference
on Polycarboxylate Superplasticizers
(PCE 2019)

September 24 - 25, 2019

Homepage PCE 2019

Opening Video

Impressions PCE 2019

Construction Chemistry in Singapore

TUM-Asia offers within the Master course "Industrial Chemistry" construction chemistry as a specialization module.

The goal of the module is to provide insights in the field of construction chemistry. The lecture will cover topics such as material properties of construction materials, cement chemistry, chemical admixtures and application systems like concrete, dry mix mortar and coatings.