Learning outcomes of the course unit
Learn the basics about minerals and environment, identify the most suitable techniques to analyse real case studies.
Basic mineralogy and chemistry
Course contents summary
The course will introduce the fundamental concepts of the mineralogy and their relationship with environmental and anthropogenic processes.
Several case-studies on asbestos minerals, waste from incinerator processes, technological and synthetic minerals, man-made artefact, air pollution particle will illustrate the complexity of the environmental mineralogy.
Hazardous minerals like asbestos in nature and in working places.
Mineral dust. Origin, characterization.
Carachterization of waste to energy products. Minerals in bottom and fly ashes.
Microporous materials and inclusion compounds: clays and zeolites.
Analytical techniques, XRD,SEM-EDS, Raman spectroscopy, XRF, ICPMS, TEM...
PPT presentation posted on Elly
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings):
Environmental Mineralogy, 2000/2012, Eds. David J. Vaughn and Roy A. Wogelius. EMU Notes in Mineralogy, 2. Eotvos University Press, Budapest.
Mineralogia, 2004, di Cornelis Klein, ed. Zanichelli
Lectures by the teacher, specific seminars by invited lecturers, exercises on the interpretation of data from SEM-EDS, XRD, Raman spectroscopy and other techniques.
Assessment methods and criteria
personal discussion on selected topic