We would like to draw your attention and invite you to contribute to Session
12b: “Nano- to micro-scale platform in the geosciences: Advances in
analytical techniques” at the First European
Mineralogical Conference (EMC2012) (2-6 September 2012, Frankfurt am
Main, Germany, ).
More information available on the website at http://emc2012.uni-frankfurt.de/index.php?id=4.
Many mineralogical phases, as well as newly developed synthetic materials,
occur in submicron to nanometer size scale, often intergrowth inside polyphasic
systems. It is now well recognized that understanding the structural details at
small size scales are important to modelling and probing the physical and
chemical properties of materials and surfaces. Parallel to these insights, a
continuous series of technological developments and improvements in many
analytical methods with submicron to nanoscale resolution has taken place in the
last few decades. This has led to extensive research activity and new frontiers
in Earth and geosciences at small size scales. Thus, modern mineralogy research
is focused on the characterisation of the structure and properties of mineral
surfaces and related substances at these fine-scales. There is an increasing
interests in in situ and rapid characterizations and determination of micro- and
nano- inclusions and phase transitions of minerals with high accuracy and
reproducibility. Other research interests include the development of controlled
high pressure and temperature techniques which allow the simulation of
structural alterations of microstructures and observation of processes occurring
at the nanoscale under deep Earth or extraterrestrial conditions. Another
important area of research is the development of in situ or ex situ techniques
and methods for studying microstructures and mineralogical compositions in
extraterrestrial samples The session is aimed at presenting the state of art and
recent developments and applications of analytical methods for material
characterisations and behaviour at fine-size scales in geosciences. The topics
covered by this session include, but not limited to, state-of-the-art high
resolution and aberration-corrected electron microscopy, super-resolution
fluorescence, non-synchrotron X-ray and electron diffraction for
nano-crystalline material characterisation, elemental analysis, 3D Tomographic
Techniques and advanced spectroscopy techniques (e.g. IR, Raman, Mossbauer and
luminescence techniques). Contributions discussing current challenges or future
directions in nano-/micro-structure analysis and characterisation are
The deadline for abstract submission is May 15th 2012.
Early bird registrations are open up May 15th 2012.
We look forward for your contributions.
Imad Ahmed, Enrico Mugnaioli and Gavyn K. Rollinson Dr.
Imad A.M. Ahmed
The University of Lancaster Lancaster Environment
LA1 4YQ, United Kingdom
Dr. Enrico Mugnaioli
Johannes Gutenberg-Universitat Mainz Intitut fur
11 55128 Mainz, Germany
Dr Gavyn Rollinson
University of Exeter College of Engineering,
Mathematics and Physical Sciences (CEMPS) Camborne School of Mines Tremough
TR10 9EZ Cornwall, United Kingdom