Course detail

Modern Technology of Silicates

FCH-BC_MTSAcad. year: 2019/2020

Production and hydration of Portland clinker. Properties and different types of cements. Characterization of concrete, special types of concrete (HPC, RPC, MDF, fibre-concrete). Geopolymers - alkali-activation and immobilization of toxic materials, usage possibilities. Nontraditional ceramic materials.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

definitions in silicates chemistry


Knowleges of basic and inorganic chemistry are required.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

Collepardi M.: The New Concrete. Grafiche Tintoretto, Italy 2006. (CS)
Shi C., Krivenko P. V., Roy D.: Alkali-Activated Cements and Concretes. Taylor & Francis, Abingdon 2006. (CS)
Aitcin P. C.: Vysokohodnotný beton. Spon Press, Praha 2005. (CS)
Wagh A. S.: Chemically Bonded Phosphate Ceramics. Elsevier Science 2005. (CS)

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The course uses teaching methods in form of Lecture - 2 teaching hours per week. The e-learning system (LMS Moodle) is available to teachers and students.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

oral presentation, oral and written exam

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.

Course curriculum

Modern study methods of silicates materials
Cement - raw materials and technology of Portland clinker production, clinker phases and their hydratation, setting and hardening
Concrete - durability, role and types of aggregates, chemical admixtures
Special types of inorganic binders (HPC, RPC, MDF)
Nontraditional ceramic materials (refractories, ceramic materials for heterogenous catalyses and fuel cells, photocatalyses, bioceramics, phosphate binders)


You will understand the causes of cement hardening, get an overview of special types of concrete, familiar with other types of inorganic binders and ceramics materials, you will be able to explain the nowadays so popular phenomenon: geopolymer and last but not least you will have the knowledges about testing silicate materials with the most modern techniques with which surely encounter at our faculty during your study.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

Implication in oral presentation is voluntary.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme BPCP_CHTM Bachelor's, 3. year of study, summer semester, 4 credits, compulsory-optional
  • Programme BKCP_CHTM Bachelor's, 3. year of study, summer semester, 4 credits, compulsory-optional

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer