Jeannette Manzi

Jeannette Manzi

We would like to congratulate Jeannette Manzi on the achievement of her PhD thesis entitled “Mapping pH in self-assembled inorganic structures by fluorescence microscopy” (supervised by Prof. Marco Montalti and Prof. Aldo Roda), which has been excellently defended on the 9th of May 2018 at department of Industrial Chemistry “Toso Montanari” of Bologna. Her outstanding work has received the marks of 1) excellent for the originality and the arguments treated; and 2) really good for…

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Local pH oscillations witness autocatalytic self-organization of biomorphic nanostructures

Local pH oscillations witness autocatalytic self-organization of biomorphic nanostructures

M. Montalti, G. Zhang, D. Genovese, J. Morales, M. Kellermeier & J.M. García-Ruiz, Nat Commun. 2017 Feb 16;8:14427. Download paper. Bottom-up self-assembly of simple molecular compounds is a prime pathway to complex materials with interesting structures and functions. Coupled reaction systems are known to spontaneously produce highly ordered patterns, so far observed in soft matter. Here we show that similar phenomena can occur during silica-carbonate crystallization, the emerging order being preserved. The resulting materials, called…

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Teaching High School students at Limuru

Teaching High School students at Limuru

During the first trip to the Rift Valley of the Prometheus Project, I asked my Kenyan contact Patricia Gitari to seek for the possibility to organize an event to transfer high school teachers in Kenya my experience in popularization and teaching of crystallography. She did a great work, and she organized in Limuru, a town near Nairobi, an exceptional event. She was able to attract more than 150 students and teachers from different schools of…

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Field trip to Dallol

Field trip to Dallol

The field trips to Dallol have been successfully performed in January 2016 and January 2017. We have collected samples of liquid, gases, air and air particles, etc… and make numerous in-situ measurements of physical and chemical variables such as pH, temperature, pressure, salinity, conductivity, oxygen, redox, visible spectra, etc… The aim of this project is to perform: A rigorous study of the hydrochemistry of the brines including the analysis of the organic compounds and gases. …

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Prometheus at the Science Week

Prometheus at the Science Week

Science is essential for the evolution of the humanity. This is the reason why science community should encourage kids, teenagers and adults to explore the magic world of science. The Week of Science (November 7-12, 2016) is an event that offers the opportunity to get a closer look at the work that scientists do. We invited the students of several schools of Granada to join our journeys inside giant crystal caves in Mexico, camp in…

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LEC goes back to Space!

LEC goes back to Space!

Prof. Garcia-Ruiz organized the 1st ‘International Training School on Crystallography for Space Sciences’, supported by the COSPAR, the IUCr, the INAOE and the BUAP with the participation of scientists from UNAM, NASA, ESA, the University of Groningen, the Laüe-Langevin Institute, the UVa-CSIC, the Hokkaido University, the IPGP, the Tohoku University and the McMaster University. For 17 days the 30 MSc-/PhD-students and Post-Doc researchers that attended the School received intensive courses about Crystal Growth, Symmetry and…

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Field trip to Malaga

Field trip to Malaga

This field trip of Prometheus project in search of alkaline systems was near its base; at the alkaline springs related to serpentinized peridotites in Malaga province. We visited several methane-rich and hyper-alkaline spring sites within Ronda peridotite massif (La Hedionda, Fuente Amarga Spa Tolox, Fuente Alfaguara, Fuente Amargosa, Baños del Puerto and Baños del Duque). Getting access to the spring sites included “negotiations” with spa owners and local farmers as some of the sites were…

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