EMU - Mineral fibres: crystal chemistry, chemical-physical properties, biological interaction and toxicity

The 2017 EMU (European Mineralogical Union) school will be held in Modena (Italy) in June 2017 with the title Mineral fibres: crystal chemistry, chemical-physical properties, biological interaction and toxicity.

The school will cover different multidisciplinary aspects related to the study of natural fibres and is thus aimed at students with a background in Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Material Science, Medicine, Physics who strive for working in the field of mineral fibre and asbestos and want to acquire both a strong background in this specific area of environmental protection and a multidisciplinary open vision of the asbestos related problems.
The following topics will be covered:

  • Crystal structure and crystallography, occurrence of mineral fibres, and natural occurring asbestos.
  • Experimental methods for the investigation of mineral fibres: optical microscopy, X-ray diffraction, electron microscopy, vibrational spectroscopy, iron spectroscopy and synchrotron radiation based techniques.
  • Surface and bio-chemical properties of mineral fibres.
  • Illustration of asbestos related diseases and bio-chemical mechanism inducing toxicity effects in the human body.
  • In vitro and in vivo tests to assess cyto/genotoxicity and carcinogenicity of mineral fibre.
  • Dissolution and biodurability of mineral fibres.
  • Epidemiological studies of asbestos related diseases.
  • Genetic factors, mutations and toxicity of mineral fibres.

For further information visit: http://emu2017.unimore.it/

Event Date: 19th - 23rd June 2017