Prof. Peter C. Burns
Peter C. Burns is the Henry Massman Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences and Concurrent Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Notre Dame, Director of the Center for Sustainable Energy at Notre Dame (ND Energy), and Director of the NNSA-funded Actinide Center of Excellence.
Following undergraduate and graduate studies in Canada and post-doctoral appointments at Cambridge University and the University of New Mexico, Burns joined the faculty of the University of Illinois-Urbana in 1996 and moved to the University of Notre Dame in 1997. Burns’ research interests include aspects of actinide materials, including uranium mineralogy and geochemistry, actinide environmental chemistry, actinide solid state chemistry (especially uranium and neptunium), and nanoscale actinide clusters. Starting in 2005, Burns developed a family of more than 100 nanoscale uranium-oxygen cage clusters and has developed applications of these materials that take advantage of their unique properties, such as an inexpensive and environmentally sustainable approach to spent nuclear fuel recycling. Selected awards include the Donath Medal of the Geological Society of America, the Mineralogical Society of America Award, the Young Scientist, Hawley, and Peacock medals of the Mineralogical Association of Canada, Life Fellow of the Mineralogical Society of America, Honorary Member of the Russian Mineralogical Society, and Life Member of Clair Hall College, University of Cambridge. Burns’ research in mineralogy, solid-state chemistry, and nanoscience has produced more than 400 published archival journal contributions, as well as three books. He is Past President of the International Mineralogical Association.
Dr. Janice Bishop
Janice Bishop is a chemist and planetary scientist who explores the planet Mars using spectroscopy. She attended Stanford University for a BS in Chemistry and MS in Earth Science in 1988, followed in 1994 by a PhD in Chemistry with a joint thesis project in Planetary Geology sponsored by a NASA Graduate Student Researchers Program Fellowship. She was awarded an Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship for a postdoc in Berlin at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and then a National Research Council Fellowship at NASA Ames in California. She has been a research scientist at the SETI Institute since 1999 and is currently Chair of Astrobiology and a member of the Science Council at the SETI Institute. Mineralogy has been the long-term focus of her research, with a primary emphasis on understanding the mineralogy of the planet Mars. Her investigations of CRISM spectral data from orbit at Mars are revealing clays and sulfates in the ancient rocks that provide information about the geochemical environment at the time the minerals formed. Dr. Bishop studies the spectral fingerprints of minerals and rocks in the lab for identification of these in the Martian data. Her research also involves collecting and studying Mars analog rocks and soils at a variety of locations including volcanic islands, cold deserts, hydrothermal regions, acidic aqueous sites, and meteorites which are the only Martian samples available on Earth to date.
Prof. Sergey V. Krivovichev
Sergey Krivovichev was born in 1972 and received his PhD and Doctor of Sciences degrees from St. Petersburg State University. He is currently a Head of the Federal Kola Science Centre of the Russian Academy of Sciences (Apatity, Russia) and Professor of Crystallography at St. Petersburg State University.
Dr. Anna Vymazalová
Anna Vymazalová received her MSc diploma followed by PhD (2005) at Faculty of Science, Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic. During her studies she completed two terms courses in Economic Geology at Imperial College in London, UK. Since 2001 she is employed as a Researcher at the Czech Geological Survey in Prague and currently she is the Head of the Department of Rock Geochemistry. She has been an active member of SGA (Society for Geology Applied to Mineral Deposits) and since 2004 she serves as a Vice President for Student Affairs on SGA Council.
Her research interests are focused on ore and experimental mineralogy; precious metals (PGE), their formation, genesis of mineral deposits and various aspects associated with exploitation and processing of deposits. She has completed several short courses and workshops on mineralogy and mineral deposits and actively participated at several international projects and conferences.
Her research has been focused on detail experimental investigation of ternary systems involving PGE, intermetalides and chalcogenides, their phase relations and mineralogical application. She has been also actively involved in a description of new mineral species. She described (or participated on a description) of about twelve new platinum-group minerals.
Prof. Juraj Majzlan
Juraj Majzlan studied mineralogy at the Comenius University in Bratislava and completed his Diploma thesis on orogenic Sb-Au deposits in 1996. After short research work on ore deposits in Bratislava, Budapest, and Copenhagen, he started his PhD at the University of California at Davis, dealing with thermodynamics of iron and aluminum oxides, completed in 2002. As a Hess postdoctoral fellow, he investigated acid mine waters at the Princeton University, using spectroscopic techniques. The next position in Freiburg (Germany) allowed him to continue in thermodynamics, spectroscopy, and crystallography of acid mine drainage, but also to return to field work. Since 2009, he is a full professor at the University in Jena (Germany), with a focus on environmental mineralogy, thermodynamics of minerals, geobiology, and ore deposits. He is the secretary of European Mineralogical Union and member of editorial boards of Mineralogical Magazine and Chemie der Erde – Geochemistry. Apart from publishing scientific papers, he translated two textbooks into Slovak and holds talks for pupils in the state of Thuringia.
Dr. Sergey S. Lobanov
Sergey S. Lobanov received PhD from V.S. Sobolev Institute of Geology and Mineralogy (Novosibirsk, Russia), and then accepted a postdoctoral (2012) and subsequently a research scientist (2015) position at the Geophysical Laboratory, Carnegie Institution of Washington. At Carnegie, he used state-of-the-art light-based probes, to make important contributions in the areas of volatiles chemical reactivity, optical and transport properties of mantle minerals, and exoplanet mineralogy. In 2017, he moved on to Stony Brook University (New York State) as a Research Assistant Professor where he deepen his spectroscopic expertise while working with world-renowned chemists on novel metal organic frameworks, compounds that hold great promise for air purification. In 2018, he relocated to Germany to take on a new challenge as a Helmholtz Young Investigators Groups Leader at the German Research Center for Geosciences (GFZ). At GFZ, he established a new research group (CLEAR) to study properties of the deep Earth via unconventional ultra-fast time-resolved spectroscopic techniques. In cooperation with GFZ scientists, his group’s near-future research will enable new models of the core-mantle interaction, help understand the effect of iron spin transitions on the properties of the mantle, and provide new knowledge on the speciation of volatiles within planets.
His primary goal as a geoscientist is to understand the connection between the core, mantle, and crust on various geologic time scales in order to help decipher Earth’s complex history. Planetary-scale geological processes, such as mantle convection and geodynamo action, operate at great depths and are governed by properties of minerals at high pressures (P) and temperatures (T). Accordingly, the structural, transport, and electronic properties of minerals at high P-T have been at the frontier of geosciences and one of the major subjects of his research. In order to understand Earth’s deepest geological processes, he derive high quality mineral physics data using in situ measurements at high-P and -T.