Follow us on Twitter Follow us on LinkedIn Like us on Facebook Follow us on Instagram Visit the TPC Store
Search the site




Coatings Industry News

Main News Page

Roman Concrete Makes Its Way to 'Shark Tank'

Friday, March 9, 2018

More items for Coating Materials
More items from North America

Comment | More

A University of Utah grad whose work involves the kind of concrete used in ancient Rome, known for its thousands of years of endurance, will bring a concrete product to the TV entrepreneurship show Shark Tank this season.

Chris Carlson, who graduated with a degree in material science in 2004, became interested in Roman concrete and worked to develop the formula he’ll be displaying on Shark Tank, an ABC television reality show that allows entrepreneurs to present their product or company to investors.

Concrete Concoction

Roman concrete was originally a mix of volcanic ash and quicklime; the building material has withstood the power of the sea for two millennia and counting. According to The Washington Post, the concrete is stronger now than when it was first mixed.

Marie Jackson, an expert in Roman concrete from the University of Utah, along with colleagues, looked at the structure of a concrete sample at a microscopic level. These samples, which had been extracted from seawalls and piers as part of the Roman Maritime Concrete Study project, revealed that the concrete behaves much like volcanic deposits in submarine environments, according to Jackson.

In a study published in June 2017 by American Mineralogist, it was discovered that the building material is filled with tiny growing crystals. The crystals are almost like small armor plates, and prevent the concrete from fracturing.

Carlson noted that he had worked with Jackson and other researchers, but he wound up going in his own direction with his take on Roman concrete.

Carlson told news station KSL that his creation was “exactly like Portland cement, only half the weight, half the density and twice the activity.” He went on to add that while he did not see his product replacing the more traditional Portland cement on a wide scale anytime soon, even adding a small percentage of his product to mixtures can reportedly “give it exactly what it’s missing.”

The next step is to attract investors; hence the entrepreneur deciding to go on Shark Tank. Carlson is pitching for the show's 10th season, which is slated to air next fall.

Carlson unveiled the product at World of Concrete 2018, earlier this year.


Tagged categories: concrete; Research and development

Comment Join the Conversation:

Sign in to our community to add your comments.

Mitsubishi Gas Chemical America
Performance Amine 1,3-BAC
A highly reactive cycloaliphatic diamine offering superior performance. Reasonable cost and curing efficacy makes it suitable for all types of epoxy resin applications.

Carboline Company
New product: Carbozinc® 608 HB
Introducing a new high build zinc-rich primer that can save you time and money by eliminating the epoxy intermediate coat!

Industrial Vacuum Equipment Corp.
Hurricane Vacuums
& Dust Collectors
Vacuum and dust collector hose, filters and related accessories.

Tarps manufacturing, Inc.
QUALITY MADE IN AMERICA —Available near you!
CLICK to get a behind-the-scenes look at how Tarps Manufacturing makes the highest-quality tarps right here in the USA — available nationwide.

Jotun Paints Inc.
Jotun Jotachar 1709
Mesh-free passive fire protection epoxy designed to protect against hydrocarbon pool fire scenarios for up to four hours as defined in the ANSI/UL1709 standard.

New resins from BASF will have metals loving water!
Excellent corrosion resistance, low VOC, high gloss, thin films 800-231-7868

ABKaelin, LLC
Programs/Training/Monitoring for Silica, Lead, Noise, Beryllium, Hexavalent Chromium, Cadmium, Hazardous Waste*PM10 & TSP-Lead Ambient Air Monitoring*SSPC C3/C5

Sauereisen, Inc.
SewerGard® 210XHB
• 300 mils in a single coat by plural component equipment
• Fast Setting
• 100% Solids Epoxy
• Chemical-resistant barrier for municipal wastewater environments

DeFelsko Corporation
PosiTector SST Soluble Salt Tester
Measures the concentration of soluble salts on metal surfaces. Use with all Bresle patch types including the reusable, adhesive-free PosiPatch.

Sika® Industrial Floor Coatings
Click to learn about floor and wall systems relied upon for performance, durability, easy maintenance and aesthetics across the every industry and environment.


Technology Publishing Co., 1501 Reedsdale Street, Suite 2008, Pittsburgh, PA 15233

TEL 1-412-431-8300  • FAX  1-412-431-5428  •  EMAIL

The Technology Publishing Network

Durability + Design PaintSquare the Journal of Protective Coatings & Linings Paint BidTracker

EXPLORE:      JPCL   |   PaintSquare News   |   Interact   |   Buying Guides   |   Webinars   |   Resources   |   Classifieds
REGISTER AND SUBSCRIBE:      Free PaintSquare Registration   |   Subscribe to JPCL   |   Subscribe to PaintSquare News
MORE:      About   |   Privacy Policy   |   Terms & Conditions   |   Support   |   Site Map   |   Search   |   Contact Us