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2010-06-17
Scientific Program available
The schedule of the presentations is available here:
http://mecc2010.org/program/

2010-04-26
Abstract acceptance started
Today we have started with the abstract acceptance notification process. Because of the high number of MECC + IMA abstracts (~1680) and because of the longer submission and shorter evaluation periods, that process will take about one week.
All abstract rejections were communicated earlier.
Please wait for your personal abstract acceptance e-mail in the coming week. Please contact us for an earlier confirmation only if you really need it urgently.
Contact person: Robert Hohol
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Note that MINOR changes may still occur in the programme, please check the website periodically.


Scientific programme - MECC2010 TIMETABLE

Contributions from all fields of clay research are welcome.

Papers will be presented in one General session, 14 Thematic sessions and one Teaching session.

General Session:
C20G Clay Science
Thematic sessions:
MC103C1 Crystal chemistry and structure of clay minerals and layered minerals
AM18C2 Colloidal properties and surface chemistry of clays
GP87C3 Geology of clays
EG56C4 Industrial clay deposits. From the field to the industry
AM19C5 Interfacial phenomena of clay minerals: Adsorption, intercalation and nanohybrid materials
EM66C6 Clays related to environment and health
CH30G Archaeometry (general session): Composition, technology and provenance of archaeological artifacts
GP88C8 Weathering, soils and paleosol clays
GM76C9 Non-phyllosilicate clays
MA97C10 Advanced instrumental techniques in clay science
TH138C11 Physical properties of clays at non-ambient conditions
TH139C12 Fabric anisotropy and its influence on physical properties of clay-rich rocks
EM67C13 Clay minerals and biomolecules: From the origin of life to advanced biomedical applications
EG57C14 Role of clay minerals in oil and gas industry
Teaching session:
TM141G Teaching of mineral sciences / Clay science


IMA2010 second half sessions


MECC2010 participants will have free access to the IMA2010 scientific sessions running parallel to MECC2010.
Click here for the IMA2010 sessions.

 

Clay sessions in detail


C20G: Clay Science (general session)
Convenors:
Géza SZENDREI, Maria Franca BRIGATTI, Hongping HE, Peter KOMADEL, Jan ŚRODOŃ

MC103C1: Crystal chemistry and structure of clay minerals and layered minerals
Convenors: István DÓDONY, Sergey V. KRIVOVICHEV

AM18C2: Colloidal properties and surface chemistry of clays
Convenors: Etelka TOMBÁCZ, Juan CORNEJO
Invited: Juan CORNEJO
Brief description of the session:
This session focuses on the surface charge characterization and modification in relation to the particle interactions (dispersion, aggregation) mainly in aqueous medium; the rheology (thixotropic and elastic properties), as well as the reactivity and adsorption in the environment and technology (organic molecules, various cations, dyes, pesticides, toxic, hazardous materials), and the use of pillared clays and nanocomposites.
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GP87C3: Geology of clays
Convenors: Béla RAUCSIK, Jan ŚRODOŃ
Invited: Jean Francois DECONINCK
Brief description of the session:
This session is dedicated to clay minerals as proxies of the geological processes through time and geodynamic events. We welcome contributions about the significance of clay minerals in various geological processes and environments.
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EG56C4: Industrial clay deposits. From the field to the industry
Convenors: János FÖLDESSY, George CHRISTIDIS
Keynote: Emilia GARCIA ROMERO
Brief description of the session:
The session deals with the geology, mineralogy, geochemistry and assessment of industrial clay deposits.
Assessment includes determination of important physical and chemical properties which render industrial clays suitable for various industrial applications.
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AM19C5: Interfacial phenomena of clay minerals: Adsorption, intercalation and nanohybrid materials
Convenors: Imre DÉKÁNY, Peter KOMADEL
Brief description of the session:
The main topics addressed by this session refer to: adsorption of surfactants, polyelectrolites and polymers on layered and chain silicates and double layer hydroxides; intercalation of molecules, polymers, biopolymers and nanoparticles in layered structures; surface functionalization, adsorption at solid-gas, solid-liquid interfaces and wetting properties.
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EM66C6: Clays related to environment and health
Convenors: Tibor NÉMETH, Tomás UNDABEYTIA
Brief description of the session:
The main topics addressed by this session refer to: role of clay minerals in environmental and soil geochemistry; clay - heavy metal, clay - hazardous organic compound interactions; application of clays in waste disposal and environmental contamination management.
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CH30G: Archaeometry (general session): Composition, technology and provenance of archaeological artifacts
Convenors: Corina IONESCU, Isabella MEMMI-TURBANTI (IMA-CAM), Cristina BELLELLI, M. Isabel DIAS, Katalin T. BIRÓ
Keynote: Marino MAGGETTI, Gilberto ARTIOLI
Brief description of the session:
The session is intended to deal with clays as raw materials and elements of cultural heritage vs. the possibilities provided by Material sciences - and in the first place Geosciences, for this type of investigations.
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GP88C8: Weathering, soils and paleosol clays
Convenors: Géza SZENDREI, Tatiana V. ALEKSEEVA
Brief description of the session:
Some of the main topics covered by this session refer to: weathering and clay minerals behavior in soils and paleosols; determination of clays properties related to applied soil science; clay minerals - soil organic matter and living organisms interactions; clay minerals as indicators of climate and paleoclimate.
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GM76C9: Non-phyllosilicate clays
Convenors: Viktória KIS, Helge STANJEK
Invited: Tatiana ALEKSEEVA
Brief description of the session:
The session focuses on: physical, chemical, colloidal and structural properties of non-phyllosilicate clay minerals such as (Fe-Mn) oxi-hydroxides, amorphous silica and aluminosilicates (including palygorskite-sepiolite group as well); occurrence in soils, sediments, and extraterrestrial environments; biological and chemical interactions; agricultural and environmental aspects; preparation and analytical techniques.
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MA97C10: Advanced instrumental techniques in clay science
Convenors: János KRISTÓF, Ray L. FROST
Keynote: Wen-An CHIOU
Brief description of the session:
The aim of the session is to bring attention to the latest developments in instrumental techniques capable of providing new impacts on the development of clay science.
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TH138C11: Physical properties of clays at non-ambient conditions
Convenors: István VICZIÁN, Maria Franca BRIGATTI, Augusto MARCELLI, Annibale MOTTANA
Brief description of the session:
The focus of the session is to investigate physical properties of clays under high-pressure and high-temperature conditions, by means of both experimental and computational techniques.
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TH139C12: Fabric anisotropy and its influence on physical properties of clay-rich rocks
Convenors: Daniele MALFERRARI, Giovanni VALDRÉ
Brief description of the session:
Fabric anisotropies give us important information to clarify geological events occurred under various and variable physical and chemical conditions. Contributions concerning texture measurements, applications of texture analysis, and novel experimental methodologies will be appreciated.
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EM67C13: Clay minerals and biomolecules: From the origin of life to advanced biomedical applications
Convenors: Maria Franca BRIGATTI, Daniele MALFERRARI
Keynote: Giovanni VALDRE
Brief description of the session:
Relationship between clays and origin of life is a matter of discussion. Contributions concerning the ability of clay surfaces to selectively interact with bio-molecules or concerning interaction with organic molecules will thus be appreciated.
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EG57C14: Role of clay minerals in oil and gas industry
Convenors: László GYŐRY, Pavel MARINESCU
Brief description of the session:
The session will deal with the application areas and importance of clay minerals in oil and gas industry, including relevant topics in their geology, geochemistry and fluid technology.
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TM141G: Teaching of mineral sciences

Convenors: Tamás G. WEISZBURG, Erzsébet TÓTH
Brief description of the session:
Since the 80s and 90s, teaching of mineral sciences, especially in Europe (in the framework of the Bologna Process), but also in North America and world-wide is going through an intense reform, with implications on the future of the mineralogy-related professions and research. This session is intended to provide a forum for teachers and students where best practice can be shared, as well as solutions can be thought for making this process more efficient and smoother.

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