Towards hypocarbonic economy – Development of non-fired waste-based building materials

The three-year EU project launched in October 2019 with 5 project partners from 2 EU countries. The aim is to develop new “non-fired” bricks – based on industrial waste using so-called geopolymer routes. Geopolymers are “cold-setting” binding materials which
do not require firing for solidification. Prof. Krcmar’s working group is responsible for developing suitable formulations and for mould design, as well as for extrusion on a laboratory scale. The participating brickmaking plants take the formulations and carry out large-scale trials in production. There is thus no need for the tunnel kiln firing process.

You can find more information about the project in the current OHM Journal 2020/2021

Project partners


  • Asociación de Investigación de las Industrias Cerámicas (ITC-AICE)

Project partners:

  • Ladrillos Mora, S.L. (MORA)
  • Recycling, Consulting & Services, S.L. (RCS)
  • Schlagmann Poroton GmbH & Co. KG (SCHLAGMANN)
  • Nuremberg Institute of Technology (THN)


Name Contact
Wolfgang Krcmar Wolfgang Krcmar
Prof. Dr. rer. nat.
Felix Kugler Felix Kugler

This project is financed by the LIFE Programme 2014-2020 of the European Union for the Environment and Climate Action under the project number LIFE18/CCM/ES/001114