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Chemistry of Cement and Concrete

Industry Workshop and Graduate Course

In-person classes held at University of Toronto

Monday, May 15 to Friday, May 19, 2023

Open to both graduate students at the University of Toronto and other Ontario Universities (for graduate credit), in addition to Graduate students from Universities outside Ontario as well as Cement and Concrete Industry Professionals for a fee (see details).

Course Description

This unique and popular course has been run 6 times previously and consists of lectures covering chemistry, and physics of the following subjects:
Cement Manufacture
Phase Equilibrium & Reactions in Cement Kilns
Supplementary Cementing Materials
Crystal Chemistry of Silicates
Hydration of Cements
Chemical Admixture Effects on Hydration
Microstructure of Cement and Hydrates
Sulphate Reactions and Attack
Alkali-Aggregate Reactions
Chloride and Corrosion Reactions
Chemistry Related to Freezing, Scaling

Course Coordinator: 

Doug Hooton, University of Toronto

Plus Special Lecturers:
Duncan Herfort, Aalborg Portland, Denmark
Karl Petersen, University of Toronto
Lawrence Roberts, Roberts Consulting, USA
Karen Scrivener, EPFL, Switzerland
Larry Sutter, Michigan Tech. University, USA
Michael Thomas, University of New Brunswick

The participants are expected to have a reasonably advanced knowledge of cements and concrete technology. Graduate students shall have previously taken CIV514: Concrete Technology or a pre-approved equivalent from another university.

Contact Hours
Approximately 27 contact hours during the period of May 15 – 19, 2023. Lectures and any exercises will be given during morning and afternoon sessions, running from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (to noon on Friday). On Monday May 15, registration. starts at 8:30 a.m. ET.

Applicants should submit the completed registration form, to be in the hands of the Department not later than March 27, 2023. Participation for officially registered University of Toronto graduate students is included in normal tuition.  Students from other Ontario universities can pay tuition though the Ontario University exchange program. For industry professionals auditing the course for professional development, fees are C$2,000CDN (about US$1,500) including all course materials (via Shopify by credit card, or by cheque payable to the University of Toronto on or before March 27, 2023). For students registered at non-Ontario universities, wishing to audit the course, the fee is C$900 or you may contact for other options.

Course Materials
PDF copies of PowerPoint presentations will be provided (or available) for download at the beginning of the course and updated later, as necessary. Therefore, participants should bring laptops or tablets.

Evaluation and Graduate Credit
Credit for graduate students will be issued based on active participation in the entire course as well as completion of a take-home examination to be provided after course completion (official marks only issued for Ontario Universities).

Industry professionals will be provided a letter of attendance, if requested.

This course series is sponsored by RILEM and all registered graduate students will receive a three-year free membership in RILEM.

A list of hotels in the vicinity of University of Toronto is available on request.

Further Information
Dept. of Civil & Mineral Engineering
University of Toronto
35 St. George Street, GB116
Toronto, Ontario
Canada M5S 1A4

Attn: Phill Snel, tel: 416 946-3837 Email: or R. Doug Hooton, tel: (416) 978-5912 Email:

For teaching and research at the Department see:


Please complete the registration form below and follow the directions for payment or further academic confirmation.

  • Industry participants: C$2,000 (approximately US$1,500)
  • Student audit fee: C$900
  • Graduate student at an Ontario university, who is already registered and tuition paid there: included in your tuition*
  • Graduate student at a Canadian university (outside of Ontario) who is already registered and tuition paid: may be included in your tuition*
  • Graduate students at the University of Toronto can register directly via ACORN

*conditions apply – check with Colleen Kelly via email:

From Monday 15 May 2023
to Friday 19 May 2023
University of Toronto
35 St George St
M5S 1A4 Toronto, Canada

University of Toronto

35 St George St
M5S 1A4 Toronto, Canada


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