ETH Wunderkind Found a Cement-Free Building Material an Hit Forbes Pages

by | Oct 8, 2020 | Startups, Zürich

Gnanli Landrou grew up in Togo and came to France at the age of 16. This was the moment when he went to school for the first time. 15 years later he founded a start-up produces a cement-free building material for the construction of houses. Today he is mentioned by Forbes as a wunderkind founder.

Gnanli Landrou, is a 31-year old researcher. He grew up in Togo, West Africa and came to France where he went to school. In two years he managed to master the school material for the Baccalauréat, the French Matura. After studying materials science in western France, Gnanli Landrou finally came to Switzerland for his doctorate. Gnanli Landrou was awarded the ETH Medal in 2018 for his dissertation at the Chair for Sustainable Building at ETH Zurich under the supervision of Guillaume Habert.


Together with his business partner Thibault Demoulin, Gnali founded Oxara, a company producing the first environmentally friendly concret. As a plus it is cheaper than a normal cement. Conventional concrete is made from cement, which is energy-intensive to produce, and the limited raw materials gravel and sand. This special concrete hardens within 24 to 48 hours and is suitable for non-load-bearing elements in houses with up to three stories. 

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