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Keywords:

  • cement hydration;
  • colloidal suspensions;
  • in situ analysis;
  • X-ray diffraction
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Setting cement: Highly dynamic hydration processes that occur during the first seconds of cement hydration were studied by time-resolved synchrotron X-ray diffraction. Polycarboxylate ether additives were found to influence the formation of the initial crystalline hydration products on a molecular level.