Redox-Active Minerals in Natural Systems
University of Manchester, UK
21-22 June 2017
Clay Minerals Group, Geomicrobiology Network, Environmental Mineralogy Group and the Geochemistry Group of the Mineralogical Society
Jason Harvey, Geochemistry Group (email@example.com)
Andy Bray, Environmental Mineralogy Group (A.W.Bray@leeds.ac.uk)
Vernon Phoenix, Geomicrobiology Network (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Anke Neumann, Clay Minerals Group (Anke.Neumann@newcastle.ac.uk)
Imad Ahmed (email@example.com )
Russell Rajendra, MinSoc office (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Kevin Murphy, MinSoc office (email@example.com)
Please complete this online form in order to register.
Abstracts can be submitted online during the registration process or sent to Kevin Murphy (firstname.lastname@example.org ).
Write to any member of the organizing team to express interest in attending, presenting your work or joining in the field trip. The abstract deadline will be 19th May 2017.
For several centuries, mineralogy has been dealing with occurrence, classification and description of materials that appear in nature as rocks. Recent advances in analytical techniques, such as X-ray and neutron diffraction, and computational power have enabled accurate identification of crystal structure and atomic-scale simulation of the mineral behaviour. These advancements have led to greater understanding of the relationships between the atomic-scale structure of minerals and their function under different environmental conditions. Modern mineralogy has opened frontiers and given inspiration to material chemists and biotechnologists in the synthesis of new materials for clean energy generation, environmental remediation and energy-efficiency technologies. Redox-active minerals are among the most attractive materials in many industries including waste minimisation and recycling, reduction of atmospheric pollution, carbon sequestration and novel energy storage using materials such as electronic ceramics. Redox-active minerals are also abundant in nature, occurring in environments such as aquatic sediments, hydromorphic soils, sewage sludge, waterlogged peat soils, hypolimnia of stratified lakes, sediments of eutrophic rivers and seafloor hydrothermal vents, to name just a few. Their abundance in nature has driven research to understand how biological processes mediate redox active mineral formation. A molecular-level understanding of the electron-transfer reactions is the key to innovate many society-formative and clean technologies including ore processing, waste recycling and the environment protection that are based on stringent control of interfacial processes.
(introductory text courtesy of K.A. Hudson-Edwards and I. Ahmed, editors of an EMU Notes in Mineralogy Volume: Redox-Reactive Minerals: Properties, reactions and applicaitons in natural systems and clean technologies, to be published in 2017)
Four of the Special Interest Groups of the Mineralogical Society will come together for a summer 2017 meeting with the theme ‘Redox-Active Minerals in Natural Systems’. The meeting will consist of two days of scientific sessions (including a poster session) followed by a one-day field trip to Parys Mountain, NE Anglesey, north Wales.
Each of the SIGs will sponsor a session at the meeting, with delegates encouraged to move between sessions. There will be a minimum of five keynote speakers:
Geomicrobiology Network: Amelia-Elena Rotaru (University of southern Denmark)
Clay Minerals Group: Anke Neumann (University of Newcastle, UK)
Geochemistry Group: Susan Little (Imperial College, London)
Environmental Mineralogy Group: Rob Newton (Unversity of Leeds, UK)
Mineralogical Society Hallimond Lecturer: Barrie Johnson, Bangor University Wales.