The next Irish Geological Association virtual lecture will be given by Dr Juan Diego Rodriguez-Blanco (Trinity College Dublin) on 'How to produce synthetic minerals'.
Abstract: Geologists and many researchers working in different fields of science often need minerals with targeted compositions and structures for various purposes (catalysts, smart technology, standards for analysis, or starting material for experiments). Is it easy to find them in nature? Is it possible to synthesise them using facile methods? This talk will focus on the complexity of mineral synthesis and how the different methods to produce minerals may have unexpected consequences.