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International DTTG-Workshop "Qualitative and Quantitative Analysis of Clays and Clay Minerals"
The 10th DTTG-Workshop, held from September 11 to 15 in Hoehr-Grenzhausen, Germany and organised by the Westerwaldcampus of the Koblenz University of Applied Sciences and the Research Institute for Glass and Ceramics (FGK), once again offered an international group of participants from universities and research institutes the opportunity to interact with renowned scientific experts in the field of clay science.
The intensive program with a wide range of exciting lectures on the fundamentals, analytical possibilities, and industrial applications of clay mineralogy, combined with practical analytical exercises, as well as the unique opportunity for networking, was very well received by all participants. A visit to the Westerwald Museum, where participants had the opportunity to present their work in a poster session and receive feedback from the experts, and a workshop dinner completed the event.
The next workshop will take place in 2025, at a location yet to be announced.
The participants of the 2023 workshop
(missing in the picture are Christoph Piribauer and Johannes Kehren, lecturers, and Sinje Zimmer, exercise coach).
The organisers: Marcel Engels (FGK) and Olaf Krause (FH Koblenz)
The 2024 (12th) biennial Reynolds Cup competition on quantitative mineralogical analysis is open for registration.
The competition is open to anyone interested in quantitative mineral analysis, with particular emphasis on clay mineralogy. Information about the competition including guidelines and previous winners can be found at https://clays.org/reynolds. The competition is free for all to enter, however, those who are not members of the CMS are encouraged (but not obliged) to become members (see https://clays.org/join_benefits_of_membership.html).
A total of ~100 sets of samples will be made available for distribution. Each set will comprise three samples of ~3–4 g of mineral mixtures commonly found in clay-bearing rocks. All sets of samples will be distributed in the order of registration.
The top three contestants with the most accurate results will be announced at the 61st Annual Meeting of the Clay Minerals Society (May 2024, Hawaii (dates TBD)). Only the names of the top three contestants will be published. The names of the other participants will remain strictly confidential.
Because of the popularity of the Reynolds Cup and the enormous amount of work put into its preparation, potential participants are strongly encouraged to plan ahead and only request samples if they are sure they can complete the analysis and return results to the organizers by the due date. Those who request samples and do not send in results or fail to return the samples unopened WELL BEFORE the due date will not be eligible to participate in future Reynolds Cups. A waiting list will be kept to offer returned samples to other potential participants.
The Reynolds Cup, blind Round Robin is the perfect way (possibly the only way!) to test the ability and accuracy of your methods of quantitative mineralogical analysis, whatever you prefered method or technique, so join the fun and participate.
To register please go to https://www.clays.org/reynolds-cup-2024/ for online registration.
Reynolds Cup 2024 organisers
The Research Group Applied Clay Science at the Institute of Concrete Structures and Building Materials (IMB-MPA-CMM) of the KTI invites applications for a PhD position (m/f/d) (75%).
The aim of the doctoral thesis is to investigate the soil physical/hydraulic/mechanical properties of mineral mixtures in hydraulic sealing systems based on their mineralogical composition.
Entry date: 1st January 2024, Term of contract: 36 months
More information here.
Application deadline: 31st October 2023
|update: Oct 9th 2023
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