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Juan Diego Rodriguez-Blanco
Ussher Assistant Professor, Geology

Biography

I am an Ussher Assistant Professor in Nanomineralogy since September 2016.

I am an experimental mineralogist, highly experienced in crystallisation and environmental geochemistry. I have a strong successful track record in quantifying natural processes in the laboratory and applying these results to illuminating natural and societally relevant processes. Currently I am building a strong research group of experts in experimental nanomineralogy and also developing very strong national and international collaborations. My goals are to develop new methods for the removal of (in)organic waste products from drinking water, to and to design more energy efficient separation and recycling methods for strategic metals and to develop new carbon capture and storage techniques. The purpose of my research is to find out how to manage resources in a way that we can preserve the quality of life that we have now into the future generations.

In particular, my research is focused on the understanding of mineral nucleation and growth from solution and mineral-water interaction processes. I am using a multidisciplinary approach to understand:

a) Mineral formation and its role in geochemical cycles: I study the mechanisms of crystallisation of minerals at the nanoscale in order to understand the formation processes of carbonate minerals and their relevance for carbon capture and storage, biogeochemical element cycling and biomineralisation processes.

b) The interaction of common seawater ions, pollutants and organics with mineral surfaces: I aim to shed light on mineral-water reactions that can be applied to remediate polluted waters and soils, to control the mobility and to find new sources of strategic metals. In particular, I focus my work on the evaluation of the capacity of carbonates, sulphates and phosphates to remove pollutants and rare-earths from natural waters with the purpose of designing more energy efficient separation and recycling methods for strategic metals.

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Mia Rohde Nielsen, Magnesium Sulphate's Influence on Calcium Carbonate Minerals, New Insights into the role of the MgSO4° ion pair, University of Copenhagen, 2018 Thesis, 2018

Steele, A., Benning, L.G., Wirth, R., Siljeström, S., Fries, M.D., Hauri, E., Conrad, P.G., Rogers, K., Eigenbrode, J., Schreiber, A., Needham, A., Wang, J.H., McCubbin, F.M., Kilcoyne, D., Rodriguez-Blanco, J.D., Organic synthesis on Mars by electrochemical reduction of CO2, Science Advances, 4, 2018, peaat5118 (10 pages) Journal Article, 2018 DOI

Geosciences; Special Issue "Dynamics and Kinetics of Melt-Fluid-Rock Interactions", MDPI, [eds.], 2018-2018 Editorial Board, 2018 URL

Special Issue "Rare-Earth Carbonates", Minerals, [eds.], 2017-2018 Editorial Board, 2017 URL

Ossorio, M., Stawski, T.M., Rodriguez-Blanco, J.D., Sleutel, M., García-Ruiz, J.M., Benning, L.G., Van Driessche, A.E.S., Physicochemical and Additive Controls on the Multistep Precipitation Pathway of Gypsum., Minerals, 7, 2017, p140- Journal Article, 2017 DOI

Rodriguez-Blanco, J.D, From atoms to minerals: how calcium carbonates form and why we should care, Geophysical Research Abstracts, European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2017, Vienna, 2017, 19, 2017, ppEGU2017-1814 Meeting Abstract, 2017

Besselink, R., Rodriguez-Blanco, J.D., Stawski, T.M., Benning, L.G., Tobler, D.J. , How short-lived ikaite affects calcite crystallisation, Crystal Growth & Design, 17, 2017, p6224 - 6230 Journal Article, 2017 DOI

Lorenz, B., Ceccato, M., Andersson, M.P., Dobberschütz, S., Rodriguez-Blanco, J.D., Dalby, K.N., Hassenkam, T., Stipp, S.L.S. , Salinity-Dependent Adhesion Response Properties of Aluminosilicate (K-Feldspar) Surfaces, Energy & Fuels, 31, 2017, p4670 - 4680 Journal Article, 2017 DOI

Montanari, G., Rodriguez-Blanco, J.D., Bovet, N., Stipp, S.L.S.,Tobler, D.J., Impact of citrate ions on the nucleation and growth of anhydrous CaCO3, Crystal Growth & Design, 17, 2017, p5269 - 5275 Journal Article, 2017 DOI

Roncal-Herrero, T., Astilleros, J.M., Bots, P., Rodriguez-Blanco, J.D., Prieto, M., Benning, L.G., Fernandez-Diaz, L., Reaction pathways and textural aspects of the replacement of anhydrite by calcite at 25 °C., American Mineralogist, 102, 2017, p1270 - 1278 Journal Article, 2017 DOI

ACC and vaterite as metastable intermediates in the solution based crystallization of CaCO3. in, editor(s)Alexander van Driessche, Matthias Kellermeier, Liane G. Benning, Dennis Gebauer , New Perspectives on Mineral Nucleation and Growth, Switzerland, Springer International Publishing, 2017, pp69 - 88, [Juan Diego Rodriguez-Blanco, Karina K. Sand, Liane G. Benning] Book Chapter, 2017 URL DOI

Voigt, Martin, Rodriguez-Blanco, Juan Diego, Vallina, Beatriz, Benning, Liane G., Oelkers, Eric H., An experimental study of hydroxylbastnasite solubility in aqueous solutions at 25 degrees C, Chemical Geology, 430, 2016, p70 - 77 Journal Article, 2016

Stawski, Tomasz M., van Driessche, Alexander E. S., Ossorio, Mercedes, Rodriguez-Blanco, Juan Diego, Besselink, Rogier, Benning, Liane G., Formation of calcium sulfate through the aggregation of sub-3 nanometre primary species, Nature Communications, 7, 2016, p10177- Journal Article, 2016

Tobler, D.J., Rodriguez-Blanco, J.D., Sørensen, H.O., Stipp, S.L.S., Dideriksen, K., Effect of pH on Amorphous Calcium Carbonate Structure and Transformation., Crystal Growth & Design, 16, 2016, p4500 - 4508 Journal Article, 2016 DOI

Nielsen, M.R., Sand, K.K., Rodriguez-Blanco, J.D., Bovet, N., Generosi, J., Dalby, K.N., and Stipp S.L.S., Inhibition of Calcite Growth: Combined Effects of Mg2+ and SO42-, Crystal Growth & Design, 16, 2016, p6199 - 6207 Journal Article, 2016 DOI

Andersson, M. P., Rodriguez-Blanco, J. D., Stipp, S. L. S., Is bicarbonate stable in and on the calcite surface?, Geochimica Et Cosmochimica Acta, 176, 2016, p198 - 205 Journal Article, 2016

Tobler, Dominique J., Rodriguez-Blanco, Juan Diego, Dideriksen, Knud, Bovet, Nicolas, Sand, Karina K., Stipp, Susan L. S., Citrate Effects on Amorphous Calcium Carbonate (ACC) Structure, Stability, and Crystallization, Advanced Functional Materials, 25, (20), 2015, p3081 - 3090 Journal Article, 2015

Hodson, Mark E., Benning, Liane G., Demarchi, Bea, Penkman, Kirsty E. H., Rodriguez-Blanco, Juan D., Schofield, Paul F., Versteegh, Emma A. A., Biomineralisation by earthworms - an investigation into the stability and distribution of amorphous calcium carbonate, Geochemical Transactions, 16, (4), 2015 Journal Article, 2015

Rodriguez-Blanco, Juan Diego, Shaw, Samuel, Benning, Liane G., A route for the direct crystallization of dolomite, American Mineralogist, 100, (5-6), 2015, p1172 - 1181 Journal Article, 2015

Vallina, Beatriz, Rodriguez-Blanco, Juan Diego, Brown, Andrew P., Blanco, Jesus A., Benning, Liane G., The role of amorphous precursors in the crystallization of La and Nd carbonates, Nanoscale, 7, (28), 2015, p12166 - 12179 Journal Article, 2015

Tobler, D. J., Blanco, J. D. Rodriguez, Dideriksen, K., Sand, K. K., Bovet, N., Benning, L. G., Stipp, S. L. S., Gaillardet, J, The effect of aspartic acid and glycine on amorphous calcium carbonate (ACC) structure, stability and crystallization, Procedia Earth and Planetary Science, 10, 2014, p143 - 148 Journal Article, 2014

Vallina, B., Rodriguez-Blanco, J. D., Brown, A. P., Benning, L. G., Blanco, J. A., Enhanced magnetic coercivity of alpha-Fe2O3 obtained from carbonated 2-line ferrihydrite, Journal of Nanoparticle Research, 16, (3), 2014, p2322- Journal Article, 2014

Vallina, Beatriz, Rodriguez-Blanco, Juan Diego, Blanco, Jesus A., Benning, Liane G., The effect of heating on the morphology of crystalline neodymium hydroxycarbonate, NdCO3OH, Mineralogical Magazine, 78, (6), 2014, p1391 - 1397 Journal Article, 2014

Hubbard, Christopher G., West, L. Jared, Rodriguez-Blanco, Juan Diego, Shaw, Samuel, Laboratory study of spectral induced polarization responses of magnetite - Fe2+ redox reactions in porous media, Geophysics, 79, (1), 2014, pD21 - D30 Journal Article, 2014

Rodriguez-Blanco, Juan Diego, Shaw, Samuel, Bots, Pieter, Roncal-Herrero, Teresa, Benning, Liane G., The role of Mg in the crystallization of monohydrocalcite, Geochimica Et Cosmochimica Acta, 127, 2014, p204 - 220 Journal Article, 2014

Rodriguez-Blanco, Juan Diego, Vallina, Beatriz, Blanco, Jesus A., Benning, Liane G., The role of REE3+ in the crystallization of lanthanites, Mineralogical Magazine, 78, (6), 2014, p1373 - 1380 Journal Article, 2014

Beatriz Vallina Antuña, The role and effect of rare-earth elements and Fe3+ during the crystallisation of nanostructured materials synthesised from carbonates, University of Oviedo (Spain), 2014 Thesis, 2014

Cobourne, G., Mountjoy, G., Rodriguez-Blanco, J. D., Benning, L. G., Hannon, A. C., Plaisier, J. R., Neutron and X-ray diffraction and empirical potential structure refinement modelling of magnesium stabilised amorphous calcium carbonate, Journal of Non-Crystalline Solids, 401, 2014, p154 - 158 Journal Article, 2014

Vallina, Beatriz, Rodriguez-Blanco, Juan Diego, Brown, Andrew P., Blanco, Jesus A., Benning, Liane G., Amorphous dysprosium carbonate: characterization, stability, and crystallization pathways, Journal of Nanoparticle Research, 15, (2), 2013, p1438- Journal Article, 2013

Bots, P., Benning, L. G., Rodriguez-Blanco, J. D., Roncal-Herrero, T., Shaw, S., Mechanistic Insights into the Crystallization of Amorphous Calcium Carbonate (ACC), Crystal Growth & Design, 12, (7), 2012, p3806 - 3814 Journal Article, 2012

Van Driessche, A. E. S., Benning, L. G., Rodriguez-Blanco, J. D., Ossorio, M., Bots, P., Garcia-Ruiz, J. M., The Role and Implications of Bassanite as a Stable Precursor Phase to Gypsum Precipitation, Science, 336, (6077), 2012, p69 - 72 Journal Article, 2012

Rodriguez-Blanco, J. D., Shaw, S., Bots, P., Roncal-Herrero, T., Benning, L. G., The role of pH and Mg on the stability and crystallization of amorphous calcium carbonate, Journal of Alloys and Compounds, 536, 2012, pS477 - S479 Journal Article, 2012

Sand, K. K., Rodriguez-Blanco, J. D., Makovicky, E., Benning, L. G., Stipp, S. L. S., Crystallization of CaCO3 in Water-Alcohol Mixtures: Spherulitic Growth, Polymorph Stabilization, and Morphology Change, Crystal Growth & Design, 12, (2), 2012, p842 - 853 Journal Article, 2012

Csakberenyi-Malasics, D., Rodriguez-Blanco, J. D., Kis, V. K., Recnik, A., Benning, L. G., Posfai, M., Structural properties and transformations of precipitated FeS, Chemical Geology, 294, 2012, p249 - 258 Journal Article, 2012

Roncal-Herrero, T., Rodriguez-Blanco, J. D., Oelkers, E. H., Benning, L. G., The direct precipitation of rhabdophane (REEPO4 center dot nH(2)O) nano-rods from acidic aqueous solutions at 5-100 A degrees C, Journal of Nanoparticle Research, 13, (9), 2011, p4049 - 4062 Journal Article, 2011

Rodriguez-Blanco, J. D., Shaw, S., Benning, L. G., The kinetics and mechanisms of amorphous calcium carbonate (ACC) crystallization to calcite, via vaterite, Nanoscale, 3, (1), 2011, p265 - 271 Journal Article, 2011

Astilleros, J. M., Godelitsas, A., Rodriguez-Blanco, J. D., Fernandez-Diaz, L., Prieto, M., Lagoyannis, A., Harissopulos, S., Interaction of gypsum with lead in aqueous solutions, Applied Geochemistry, 25, (7), 2010, p1008 - 1016 Journal Article, 2010

Roncal-Herrero, T., Rodriguez-Blanco, J. D., Benning, L. G., Oelkers, E. H., Precipitation of Iron and Aluminum Phosphates Directly from Aqueous Solution as a Function of Temperature from 50 to 200 degrees C, Crystal Growth & Design, 9, (12), 2009, p5197 - 5205 Journal Article, 2009

Rodriguez, J. D., Jimenez, A., Prieto, M., Torre, P., Garcia-Granda, S., Interaction of gypsum with As(V)-bearing aqueous solutions: Surface precipitation of guerinite, sainfeldite, and Ca2NaH(AsO4)(2)center dot 6H(2)O, a synthetic arsenate, American Mineralogist, 93, (5-6), 2008, p928 - 939 Journal Article, 2008

Rodriguez-Blanco, J. D., Shaw, S., Benning, L. G., How to make 'stable' ACC: protocol and preliminary structural characterization, Mineralogical Magazine, 72, (1), 2008, p283 - 286 Journal Article, 2008

Kohler, S. J., Cubillas, P., Rodriguez-Blanco, J. D., Bauer, C., Prieto, M., Removal of cadmium from wastewaters by aragonite shells and the influence of other divalent cations, Environmental Science & Technology, 41, (1), 2007, p112 - 118 Journal Article, 2007

Rodríguez-Blanco, J.D., Jiménez, A., and Prieto. M., Oriented Overgrowth of Pharmacolite (CaHAsO4·2H2O) on Gypsum (CaSO4·2H2O), Crystal Growth & Design, 7, 2007, p2756 - 2763 Journal Article, 2007 DOI

Rodriguez-Blanco, J. D., Jimenez, A., Garcia-Granda, S., Prieto, M., Interaction of gypsum and As(V)(aq) at different pH ranges, Geochimica Et Cosmochimica Acta, 71, (15), 2007, pA846- Journal Article, 2007

Jimenez, A., Rodriguez, J. D., Torre-Fernandez, L., Prieto, M., Garcia-Granda, S., Crystal structure of dicalcium sodium monohydrogen diarsenate hexahydrate, Ca2Na HAsO4 AsO4 center dot 6H(2)O, Zeitschrift Fur Kristallographie-New Crystal Structures, 221, (3), 2006, p241 - 242 Journal Article, 2006 TARA - Full Text

Non-Peer-Reviewed Publications

Hodson, M.E., Benning, L.G., Cinque, G., Dermachi, B., Frogley, M., Penkman, K.E.H., Rodriguez-Blanco, J.D., Schofield, P.F., Versteegh, E.A.A., Wehbe, K., Synchrotron-based micro Fourier transform infrared mapping to investigate the spatial distribution of amorphous and crystalline calcium carbonate in earthworm-secreted calcium carbonate balls., Spectroscopy Europe, 28, (3), 2016, p12 - 15 Journal Article, 2016

Research Expertise

Description

I am an Ussher Assistant Professor in Nanomineralogy since September 2016. I am an experimental mineralogist, highly experienced in crystallisation and environmental geochemistry. I have a strong successful track record in quantifying natural processes in the laboratory and applying these results to illuminating natural and societally relevant processes. Currently I am building a strong research group of experts in experimental nanomineralogy and also developing very strong national and international collaborations. My goals are to develop new methods for the removal of (in)organic waste products from drinking water, to and to design more energy efficient separation and recycling methods for strategic metals and to develop new carbon capture and storage techniques. The purpose of my research is to find out how to manage resources in a way that we can preserve the quality of life that we have now into the future generations. In particular, my research is focused on the understanding of mineral nucleation and growth from solution and mineral-water interaction processes. I am using a multidisciplinary approach to understand: a) Mineral formation and its role in geochemical cycles: I study the mechanisms of crystallisation of minerals at the nanoscale in order to understand the formation processes of carbonate minerals and their relevance for carbon capture and storage, biogeochemical element cycling and biomineralisation processes. b) The interaction of common seawater ions, pollutants and organics with mineral surfaces: I aim to shed light on mineral-water reactions that can be applied to remediate polluted waters and soils, to control the mobility and to find new sources of strategic metals. In particular, I focus my work on the evaluation of the capacity of carbonates, sulphates and phosphates to remove pollutants and rare-earths from natural waters with the purpose of designing more energy efficient separation and recycling methods for strategic metals.

Projects

  • Title
    • TARGETing crystallisation for Enhanced Carbon Capture and Storage (TARGET-CCS)
  • Summary
    • This project aims to investigate the poorly understood geochemical conditions under which metastable carbonates can crystallise during the interaction of CO2-rich fluids with basaltic rocks in order to enhance their stability and maximise their capacity to store CO2.
  • Funding Agency
    • Science Foundation Ireland (SFI)
  • Date From
    • 01/09/2018
  • Date To
    • 31/08/2022
  • Title
    • Design of synthetic rare-earth carbonate minerals for chemical filters
  • Summary
    • Today, mineral-water interaction studies have become increasingly relevant to environmental problems. In particular, many studies address the use of ubiquitous minerals (e.g., gypsum, calcite) for the potential purification and removal of toxic pollutants from wastewaters. This project will evaluate the feasibility of synthetic rare-earth carbonates as green chemical filters for industry. In particular, the aims of this study are: (i) to find out the precise conditions at which rare- earth carbonates are able to remove specific (in)organic pollutants from natural waters, (ii) determine the mechanisms by which the removal of pollutants takes place, (iii) quantify the efficiency and reproducibility of the decontamination process and the course of the reaction over time. We will do this by carrying out batch experiments in which pollutants will be interacted with rare-earth carbonates while they crystallise from solution. We will test common and problematic soil pollutants: divalent and trivalent cations (e.g., Pb2+, Cr3+) and simple organics (e.g., chlorinated solvents like perchloroethene). Besides, a bonus to this project will be the use of synchrotron-based techniques to follow these reactions in situ and real time. This will allow us to obtain high-resolution kinetic data to understand the nature of the crystallisation mechanisms as well as the fate of pollutants.
  • Funding Agency
    • Trinity College Dublin
  • Date From
    • 01/09/2019
  • Date To
    • 31/08/2023
  • Title
    • Targeting the crystallisation of environmentally and technologically important inorganic materials by a novel hydrothermal injection process.
  • Summary
    • In this project we aim to explore the crystallisation of environmentally and technologically relevant materials under hydrothermal conditions using a novel "hydrothermal injection" reactor designed at TCD. This reactor system allows targeting of the nucleation and growth of specific crystalline phases by the introduction of reagents to a pre-heated, pressurised aqueous system at the exact temperature desired. Internal temperature and pressure monitoring enable precise control of the sample environment. These combined factors will facilitate a greater understanding of the relationship between the hydrothermal conditions of temperature, pressure, and time and the structure and morphology of the obtained products, giving fundamental insights into crystallisation mechanisms and pathways. Here we aim to apply this novel reactor technology to developing a deeper understanding of the hydrothermal crystallisation of important naturally occurring minerals, such as the Ca-Mg-Sr carbonates, as well as expanding on existing work on the generation of functional II-VI semiconducting nanomaterials.
  • Funding Agency
    • Trinity College Dublin
  • Date From
    • 01/09/2018
  • Date To
    • 31/08/2021
  • Title
    • MetalIntelligence Research Training Network - Project: Efficient characterisation of minerals and fabrics with the scanning electron microscope
  • Summary
    • This project is part of the H2020 MetalIntelligence Research Network (European Industrial Doctorates - 6 PhD students). The general objectives of this research network are: i) Training and equipping a new generation of leaders in the minerals processing field. ii) Providing lasting novel technological and training methods to build capacity and improve efficiency. iii) Undertaking innovative research across the trans-disciplinary edges of sector compartments. This specific research project ("Efficient characterisation of minerals and fabrics with the scanning electron microscope") aims at bridging the gap between industry and academia in terms of mineral and material (natural or synthetic) characterisation. SEM-EDS allows for data acquisition within a reasonable timeframe and can be also used for in situ chemical analysis, grain association and mineral liberation analysis (MLA), using AZtec software, developed by industry partner Oxford Instruments. However, distinguishing among different grains and their associations is still difficult to be satisfactorily achieved and is very time-consuming. Thus, the key objective of this project is to improve the software limitations so as to make MLA quicker and more accurate, resulting in more industry-relevant analysis turnaround.
  • Funding Agency
    • European Commission
  • Date From
    • 01/09/2017
  • Date To
    • 31/08/2020
  • Title
    • NanoCArB: The role of boron in the crystallisation and surface properties of CaCO3 at the nanoscale
  • Summary
    • marie_curieNanoCArB is an FP7 EU-funded Marie Curie project: "The role of boron in the crystallisation and surface properties of CaCO3 at the nanoscale". The goal of NanoCArB is to carry out an in depth study of the effects of boron in the chemistry and crystallisation of carbonates. How surface properties of calcite in contact with borate-rich solutions are affected at the atomic- and nanoscale, is a subject that only has been addressed in the laboratory from a basic viewpoint. This study will enable me to provide key information on how to improve water cleaning treatments, scaling inhibition methods, develop better strategies to extract oil from chalk, and also to advance in the understanding of processes that occur at the global scale (e.g. ocean acidification, climate change).
  • Funding Agency
    • EU FP7
  • Date From
    • 2015
  • Date To
    • 2016
  • Title
    • Gypsum grows from sub-3 nm rod-shaped primary particles. What are they?
  • Summary
    • We studied the early stages of crystallization of calcium sulfates from solution to understand the early stage formation processes of bassanite, also known as "Plaster of Paris", and transformation to gypsum (CaSO4.2H2O)
  • Funding Agency
    • Science and Technology Facilities Council, UK
  • Date From
    • 22/05/2015
  • Date To
    • 24/05/2015
  • Title
    • Coarsening and stability of calcite in subsurface environments: an in-situ SAXS/WAXS study
  • Summary
    • Synchrotron-based experiments to study the coarsening of calcite at ambient and hydrothermal conditions. Principal investigator I wrote the proposal, designed experiments, attended beamtime and evaluated the synchrotron data.
  • Funding Agency
    • Science and Technology Facilities Council, UK
  • Date From
    • 09/05/2014
  • Date To
    • 13/05/2014
  • Title
    • The crystallization of calcium sulphates: a mechanistic insight into an elusive process
  • Summary
    • I studied the crystallization of calcium sulfates from solution to understand the early stage formation processes of two of the most important industrial minerals (bassanite, also known as "Plaster of Paris" and gypsum).
  • Funding Agency
    • Science and Technology Facilities Council, UK
  • Date From
    • 14/09/2012
  • Date To
    • 18/09/2012
  • Title
    • Crystallization of calcium carbonate polymorphs in the presence of Mg, SO4 and PO4 ions: from primary nanoparticles to crystalline minerals
  • Summary
    • Synchrotron-based experiments to study crystallization of calcium carbonate polymorphs in the presence of Mg, SO4 and PO4 ions to shed light on the most important processes of carbonate biomineral formation in seawater. Co-principal investigator. I participated on proposal writing, design of experiments, attended beamtime and evaluated the synchrotron data.
  • Funding Agency
    • Science and Technology Facilities Council, UK
  • Date From
    • 08/07/2010
  • Date To
    • 12/07/2010
  • Title
    • Fundamental studies of carbonate biomineral formation processes - primary particles to aggregates
  • Summary
    • Synchrotron-based experiments to study the crystallisation of carbonates in situ and real-time. Co-principal investigator. I participated on proposal writing, design of experiments, attended beamtime and evaluated the synchrotron data.
  • Funding Agency
    • Science and Technology Facilities Council, UK
  • Date From
    • 31/07/2009
  • Date To
    • 04/08/2009

Keywords

AMORPHOUS SOLIDS; aqueous geochemistry; Biomineralization; carbonates; CRYSTALLIZATION; Economic Geology; ELECTRON MICROSCOPY; FOURIER TRANSFORM INFRARED SPECTROSCOPY; FOURIER-TRANSFORM SPECTROSCOPY; GEOCHEMISTRY; GEOLOGY; Karstic Geomorphogy, Karst Hydrogeology, ; LANTHANIDES; MATERIALS SCIENCE; mineral-water interaction; MINERALOGY; Mineralogy and crystallography; NANOCRYSTALS; NUCLEATION; Petrology, Minerology, Geochemistry; phosphates; rare-earths; RECRYSTALLIZATION; SCANNING ELECTRON MICROSCOPY; Small Angle X-ray Scattering; sulphates; SYNCHROTRON RADIATION; TRANSMISSION ELECTRON MICROSCOPY; Wide Angle X-ray Scattering; X-RAY DIFFRACTION

Recognition

Representations

Assessor for funding bodies: Member of the Evaluation Panel of the Committee "Functioning of fluid and solid Earth" of the French National Research Agency (ANR, l'Agence Nationale de la Recherche). 2015-now

Assessor for funding bodies: Scientific evaluator of the HORIZON 2020 - FET-OPEN Challenging Current Thinking Research and Innovation Actions (RIA); FETOPEN-01-2018-2019-2020: FET-Open Challenging Current Thinking 2018-now

Assessor for funding bodies. Proposal evaluator for the Chilean National Science and Technology Commission. 2016

UK and Ireland Mineralogical Society representative at TCD. 2017-

Assessor for funding bodies. Proposal evaluator for the Ser Cymru II COFUND program - Welsh European Funding Office (WEFO) under the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). 2016

Assessor for funding bodies. Proposal evaluator for the Australian synchrotron. 2015

Graphical Advisor of the EAG international peer-reviewed journal 'Geochemical Perspectives' (www.geochemicalperspectives.org) 2013-now

Member of the Editorial Board of the journal 'Minerals' (MDPI journals) 2016-now

Member of the Editorial Board of the journal 'Crystals' (MDPI journals) 2018

Reviewer for periodical publications (on average a minimum of 15 papers/year) American Mineralogist (MSA), Applied Geochemistry (Elsevier), Applied Surface Science (Elsevier), Biogeosciences (EGU), CrystEngComm (RSC), Chemical Communications (RSC), Chemistry of Materials (ACS), Environmental Science & Technology (ACS), Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta (Elsevier), Geology (GSA), Journal of Crystal Growth (Elsevier), Journal of Hazardous Materials (Elsevier), Journal of Microscopy and Ultrastructure (Elsevier), Materials Research Bulletin (Elsevier), Minerals (MDPI), Mineralogical Magazine (GeoScienceWorld), Nanotoxicology (Informa Healthcare), Nanoscale (RSC). 2008-now

Assessor for funding bodies. Proposal evaluator for the Austrian Science Fund (FWF). 2017

Awards and Honours

Distinguished Service Award (European Association of Geochemistry) 2014

Extraordinary Doctoral Award - Honorific mention, given to a PhD thesis of a graduate student I supervised (University of Oviedo) 2015

Extraordinary Award of M.Sc. - Honorific Mention. University of Oviedo (Spain) 2003

Memberships

European Association of Geochemistry. Honorary Member. 2011 – Now

American Chemical Society 2015 – 2016