FULLY BOOKED - 6th Workshop on Thermodynamic Modeling of Cementitious Systems

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18. June, 9:00 - June 21, 2019 15:00

Empa Dübendorf

Scope and focus

The intention of this workshop is to give an introduction to GEMS, a thermodynamic modelling software using free energy minimization developed at PSI, and its applications to cementitious systems. The theoretical background of GEM (Gibbs Energy Minimization) algorithms will be briefly discussed.


The focus of this workshop for PhD students will be on practical hands-on simulations with GEMS. It will comprise a hands-on tutorial for beginners, introduction to the theoretical background, applications in the context of cement hydration and effects of different raw materials and additives, calculations and interpretations of saturation indices, and modelling of the interaction with the environment.



This event is fully booked.


Participants are kindly asked to indicate their areas of interest in thermodynamic modeling during registration, so that we can design a program that matches the needs of the attendees as close as possible.


Fees and Payment

The workshop fee of CHF 600.– for PhD students is paid to cover lunch, conference dinner, get-together, refreshments during coffee breaks and printed course material. The payment must be made in advance upon receiving the invoice.


Target audience

PhD students who seek to relate cement chemistry and mineralogy to the properties of cementitious materials, such as mechanical properties, microstructure and durability.



The course is planned as hands-on tutorial for beginners and those with intermediate knowledge. The theoretical background needed for mass balance calculations and thermodynamic modelling will shortly be introduced and discussed. The students are expected to come with laptop and preinstalled software (link for software installation will be sent out before the course).


Please see here the full workshop program.



Overnight accommodation can be arranged at Hotel Sonnental for the special Empa rate of CHF 130.– or at Hotel Zwiback for CHF 120.– for a single room, including breakfast. Please arrange your room directly with Hotel Sonnental or Hotel Zwiback:




Please mention your participation at the Empa GEMS workshop.

The deadline for this offer is April 30, 2019.

Please only book your room through the above mentioned links.


Credit points

It is estimated that the PhD course will require 120 hours of work from the student including preparation of the students’ presentations before the course, the 4 days intensive course, and the written report about applying GEMS, to be handed in within 3 months after the course. The PhD course is integrated in NTNU’s doctoral courses. 5 ECTS points can be obtained when all workshop days are actively attended and the written report is handed in in time and accepted.