International Conference on Accelerated Carbonation for Environmental and Material Engineering (ACEME)

March 11-14, 2018

The 6th edition of the ACEME Conferences promoted research and development activities on accelerated carbonation at an international level, favoring the share of knowledge and discussing future development and implementation in the field. 

Key Dates

The 6th edition of the Accelerated Carbonation for Environmental and Material Engineering (ACEME) Conferences builds upon the successful previous editions: London (UK) in June 2006, Rome (Italy) in October 2008, Turku (Finland) in November 2010, Leuven (Belgium) in April 2013 and New York (USA) in 2015. This is the first ACEME conference in the Asia Pacific region and we welcome delegates to Newcastle, Australia. The ACEME conferences aim at promoting research and development activities on accelerated carbonation at an international level, favoring the share of knowledge on the title subject and critically discussing future development and implementation in the field. The objectives of the sixth edition of this conference series is to communicate and discuss the latest advances in the field of theoretical and applied research on accelerated carbonation of various types of natural materials and industrial residues with a special interest in process development and commercialization. Processing conditions, product properties and (on-line) analysis at lab, pilot and full scale are the key focus themes of the conference. The conference also aims at promoting mineral carbonation in the context of carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS).


  • Eric Kennedy, University of Newcastle
  • Michael Stockenhuber, University of Newcastle
  • Geoff Brent, Orica
  • Mark Rayson, Orica

Confirmed Keynote Speakers:

  • Giulia Costa, University of Rome Tor Vergata
  • Carine Julcour-Lebigue, Laboratoire de Génie Chimique de Toulouse
  • Ah-Hyung (Alissa) Park, Columbia University
  • Phil Renforth, Cardiff University
  • Siobhan A. (Sasha) Wilson, Monash University

Speaker Instructions:

File Preparation:

Please prepare your presentation as a PowerPoint or PDF using a 16:9 aspect ratio.

At the conference, please bring your presentation on a USB flash drive to the projection laptop in the front of the session room. If you plan to use multimedia, such as videos, please bring the source files as well, even if you have previously embedded the files in your presentation. Personal laptops will not be connected to the projector for individual presentations.

Upload and Testing

A conference staff member can assist you with uploading your files onto the projection laptop. In most cases this process takes just a few minutes. Here you can look through your presentation and make any last-minute edits. Please submit your presentation files at your earliest convenience, but by the break before your session at the latest.


A conference staff member will launch your presentation from projection laptop. There will be a combination wireless remote / laser pointer at the podium with which to advance your slides. Speakers should be mindful of the time allotted to them in the program. Please help us keep to the schedule.

Poster Presenters:

Poster boards are 2m high x 0.8m wide. We’ll have pins for you to attach your poster to the boards. Although we would prefer you to fit your poster on one board, if your poster is wider than one board, we can try to set up two poster boards side by side for you to attach to.

You can put your poster up at the start of the conference and leave it up for the duration of the conference. We’ve designated lunchtime to also be a general poster presentation time. The conference chairs might assign a specific time for you to present your poster (e.g., to poster judges) at the conference.

Full Papers:

Authors wishing to submit a full paper for a special edition of Environmental Progress & Sustainable Energy (EP&SE) are asked to also review the information below.

Submit your manuscript to by March 28, 2018. Please include the identifier "ACEME:" as the beginning of your manuscript title. Review the standard author guidelines here.



MCi Plant Tour

Conference attendees can tour the Mineral Carbonation International (MCI) pilot plant at the Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources. The plant aims to demonstrate and scale up mineral carbonation technology. If interested, please contact

ACEME 2018 Banquet

The banquet is an optional, add-on event that will take place on Tuesday, March 13 at 7-9PM at NOAH'S On the Beach, a hotel "situated directly opposite spectacular Newcastle Beach." You must purchase a ticket (available as part of the conference registration process) to attend.

Featured Speakers

Giulia Costa

Giulia Costa is a senior researcher at the Department of Civil Engineering and Computer Science Engineering of the University of Rome Tor Vergata, where she teaches Environmental and Sanitary Engineering. She will present on “Carbon Mineralization as one of the main CO2 utilization strategies - report on the Mission Innovation CCUS experts workshop and its outcomes” at ACEME 2018.Read more

Carine Julcour

Carine Julcour is a senior researcher at CNRS (French National Center for Scientific Research), Laboratoire de Génie Chimique, Toulouse (France). She will speak on "Design of a Hybrid Leaching Process for Mineral Carbonation of Magnesium Silicates: Learnings and Issues Raised from Combined Experimental and Geochemical Modelling Approaches."Read more

Ah-Hyung (Alissa) Park

Ah-Hyung (Alissa) Park is the Lenfest Chair in Applied Climate Science of Earth and Environmental Engineering & Chemical Engineering at Columbia University. She is also the Director of the Lenfest Center for Sustainable Energy at the Earth Institute.Read more

Phil Renforth

Dr. Phil Renforth is an engineer and geochemist interested in understanding how rocks and minerals may be used to sequester carbon, and leads the Carbonate Systems Engineering Group at Cardiff University. His ACEME 2018 keynote talk will be about "Ocean Alkalinity as a Carbon Sink for Mineral Carbonation."Read more

Sasha Wilson

Siobhan A. (Sasha) Wilson is a Senior Lecturer and ARC DECRA Fellow in biogeochemistry within the School of Earth, Atmosphere and Environment at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. At ACEME 2018, she will present on leveraging carbonate mineral behaviour to manage metal mobility and security of CO2 storage.Read more


Proceedings of the International Conference on Accelerated Carbonation for Environmental and Material Engineering (ACEME) are now available: