The course aims to provide the basic knowledge of some of the most common mineral commodities (PGE, zeolites, raw materials for Portland clinker production), their occurrence and availability in nature, the industrial transformation processes and utilization.
Expected learning outcomes
Knowledge and understanding : Students are expected to demonstrate knowledge and understanding that is founded upon and extends and/or enhances that typically associated with Bachelor's level, and that provides a basis or opportunity for originality in developing and/or applying ideas, often within a research context. By the end of this course, students will be able to: 1) know the basic concepts of georesources and geomaterials (principal industrial minerals) 2) the transformation processes of raw materials toward the industrial products, 3) the principal analytical techniques used in mineralogy (SEM-EDS, XRF, XRD). Applying knowledge and understanding: Students are expected to apply their knowledge and understanding, and problem solving abilities in new or unfamiliar environments within broader (or multidisciplinary) contexts related to their field of study, and in particular georesources and geomaterials. Making judgements: Students are expected to have the ability to integrate knowledge and handle complexity, and formulate judgements with incomplete or limited information, but that include reflecting on social and ethical responsibilities linked to the application of their knowledge and judgements. Communication skills: Students should be able to communicate their conclusions, and the knowledge and rationale underpinning these, to specialist and non-specialist audiences clearly and unambiguously. Learning skills: Students are expected to have the learning skills to allow them to continue to study in a manner that may be largely self-directed or autonomous.
- Natural microporous materials (zeolites): Mineralogy and Classification; Physical-Chemical properties; Industrial utilizations - Natural fibrous materials and their synthetic counterparts - Clinker for Portland cement: Raw materials; Industrial transformation processes; Crystal-chemistry of the clinker; Methods for phase analysis; Quality control. - llustration of "case histories" moving from mineralogical and petrological analysis toward the identification and application of "mineral commodities". - A geological framework, an overview of textural analysis, of analytical procedures for the characterization of the chemistry and microanalysis of constituents in Layered mafic intrusions (e.g. Bushveld). - The role of layered suites in terrestrial evolution and in mineral resource supply, the data treatment- - Phase diagrams and covariation diagrams.