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SCP8085502, A.A. 2019/20

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2018/19

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Degree course Second cycle degree in
SC1180, Degree course structure A.Y. 2009/10, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination MINERAL FORMING PROCESSES
Department of reference Department of Geosciences
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Mandatory attendance
Language of instruction Italian
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Teacher in charge LUCA VALENTINI GEO/06

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses GEO/06 Mineralogy 6.0

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 2nd Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Practice 2.0 24 26.0 No turn
Lecture 4.0 32 68.0 No turn

Start of activities 30/09/2019
End of activities 18/01/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2009 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
1 Commissione 2019/20 01/12/2019 30/11/2020 VALENTINI LUCA (Presidente)
ARTIOLI GILBERTO (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of mathematics, physics, chemistry and mineralogy, as learned from dedicated courses
Target skills and knowledge: It is expected that, at the end of the course, the student gets acquainted with the interpretation of mineral assemblages, in rocks and inorganic synthetic materials (e.g. ceramics, cement), and associated textures and micorstructures, in terms of basic chemical and physical processes.
More specifically:

1) Role of thermodynamics and kinetics in defining equilibrium mineral assemblages, as a function of variables such as T and P.

2) Meaning and role of the solid-liquid interface.

3) Terminology and mechanisms inherent in mineral nucleation and growth.

4) Lab techniques for the study of the above points.

5) Digital modelling of nucleation and growth.
Examination methods: 1) Multiple choice quiz and 2) oral presentation (PowerPoint) on a topic chosen by the student.
Course unit contents: - Mineral bulk and surface properties (e.g. porosity, permeability, specific surface area, surface charge). Lab methods (3D microtomography, confocal microscopy, light scattering).
- Thermodynamics and chemistry in aqueous solution.
- Reaction kinetics at the solid-liquid interface.
- Nucleation and growth: classical and non-classical theories.
- Fractals and nano-structures
- Modelling and computer simulations
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Lectures and practicals (computer modelling; MATLAB codes; microtomography lab).
Additional notes about suggested reading: PowerPoint presentations, book chapters, journal articles.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Oelkers, Eric H.; Schott, Jacques, Thermodynamics and kinetics of water-rock interaction. --: The Mineralogical Society of America, --. Cerca nel catalogo
  • White, William M., Geochemistry. --: Wiley-Blackwell, --. Cerca nel catalogo
  • van Driessche, Alexander E.S., New perspectives on mineral nucleation and growthfrom solution precursors to solid materials. --: Springer, --. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Coelfen, Helmut; Antonietti, M., Mesocrystals and nonclassical crystallization. --: --, --. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Interactive lecturing
  • Active quizzes for Concept Verification Tests and class discussions
  • Use of online videos
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)
  • Top Hat (active quiz, quiz)
  • Matlab

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