NC A&T State University Coal Ash Composite

 A variety of building materials created as prototypes in the A&T Lab. 

A variety of building materials created as prototypes in the A&T Lab. 

Using a polymer to encapsulate the coal ash, this simple technology prevents the leaching of heavy metals into the groundwater and the air. The material can be molded into a wide variety of shapes and density, which creates a wide range of applications. This process does not require the returning of the ash to create the ideal carbon content. Any dry ash will work. This prevents further emissions into the environment, while conserving water and energy.  

 

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The primary objective of the National Creative Placemaking Fund Grant is to demonstrate that this polymer encapsulation process is a viable alternative storage solution for coal ash. 

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Research includes extensive testing related to leachability and ability to withstand pressure. 

Gallery of Prototypes

Press

A&T researchers devise new uses for old ash, Greensboro News & Record, August 16, 2017

Scientists at NC A&T make coal ash breakthrough, Greensboro News & Record, July 1, 2016

N.C. A&T researchers find use for coal ash, greensboro News & Record, June 14, 2014

More than 100 tons of coal ash are produced every year in power plants that burn coal to generate electricity. More than 100 tons of coal ash are produced every year in power plants that burn coal to generate electricity.
  Dr. Kunigal Shivakumar  and Wade Brown, lead researchers at NC A&T State University | Photo Credit: H. Scott Hoffman,  Scientists at NC A&T make coal ash breakthrough , Greensboro News & Record

Dr. Kunigal Shivakumar and Wade Brown, lead researchers at NC A&T State University | Photo Credit: H. Scott Hoffman, Scientists at NC A&T make coal ash breakthrough, Greensboro News & Record

Contact Information

Prof. Kunigal Shivakumar
Director Center for Composite Materials Research
Fort IRC Building, Room 205
North Carolina A&T State University
Greensboro, NC 27411
kunigal@ncat.edu
Phone: 336-285-3203