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Dr. Juan Diego Rodriguez-Blanco

Ussher Assistant Professor (Geology)
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I am an Ussher Assistant Professor in Nanomineralogy since September 2016. I am an experimental mineralogist, highly experienced in crystallisation and environmental geochemistry. I have a strong successful track record in quantifying natural processes in the laboratory and applying these results to illuminating natural and societally relevant processes. Currently I am building a strong research group of experts in experimental nanomineralogy and also developing very strong national and international collaborations. My goals are to develop new methods for the removal of (in)organic waste products from drinking water, to and to design more energy efficient separation and recycling methods for strategic metals and to develop new carbon capture and storage techniques. The purpose of my research is to find out how to manage resources in a way that we can preserve the quality of life that we have now into the future generations. In particular, my research is focused on the understanding of mineral nucleation and growth from solution and mineral-water interaction processes. I am using a multidisciplinary approach to understand: a) Mineral formation and its role in geochemical cycles: I study the mechanisms of crystallisation of minerals at the nanoscale in order to understand the formation processes of carbonate minerals and their relevance for carbon capture and storage, biogeochemical element cycling and biomineralisation processes. b) The interaction of common seawater ions, pollutants and organics with mineral surfaces: I aim to shed light on mineral-water reactions that can be applied to remediate polluted waters and soils, to control the mobility and to find new sources of strategic metals. In particular, I focus my work on the evaluation of the capacity of carbonates, sulphates and phosphates to remove pollutants and rare-earths from natural waters with the purpose of designing more energy efficient separation and recycling methods for strategic metals.
  AMORPHOUS SOLIDS   aqueous geochemistry   Biomineralization   carbonates   CRYSTALLIZATION   Economic Geology   ELECTRON MICROSCOPY   FOURIER TRANSFORM INFRARED SPECTROSCOPY   FOURIER-TRANSFORM SPECTROSCOPY   GEOCHEMISTRY   GEOLOGY   Karstic Geomorphogy, Karst Hydrogeology,   LANTHANIDES   MATERIALS SCIENCE   MINERALOGY   Mineralogy and crystallography   mineral-water interaction   NANOCRYSTALS   NUCLEATION   Petrology, Minerology, Geochemistry   phosphates   rare-earths   RECRYSTALLIZATION   SCANNING ELECTRON MICROSCOPY   Small Angle X-ray Scattering   sulphates   SYNCHROTRON RADIATION   TRANSMISSION ELECTRON MICROSCOPY   Wide Angle X-ray Scattering   X-RAY DIFFRACTION
 TARGETing crystallisation for Enhanced Carbon Capture and Storage (TARGET-CCS)
 Design of synthetic rare-earth carbonate minerals for chemical filters
 Targeting the crystallisation of environmentally and technologically important inorganic materials by a novel hydrothermal injection process.
 MetalIntelligence Research Training Network - Project: Efficient characterisation of minerals and fabrics with the scanning electron microscope
 NanoCArB: The role of boron in the crystallisation and surface properties of CaCO3 at the nanoscale

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Assessor for funding bodies: Member of the Evaluation Panel of the Committee "Functioning of fluid and solid Earth" of the French National Research Agency (ANR, l'Agence Nationale de la Recherche). 2015-now
Assessor for funding bodies: Scientific evaluator of the HORIZON 2020 - FET-OPEN Challenging Current Thinking Research and Innovation Actions (RIA); FETOPEN-01-2018-2019-2020: FET-Open Challenging Current Thinking 2018-now
Assessor for funding bodies. Proposal evaluator for the Chilean National Science and Technology Commission. 2016
UK and Ireland Mineralogical Society representative at TCD. 2017-
Assessor for funding bodies. Proposal evaluator for the Ser Cymru II COFUND program - Welsh European Funding Office (WEFO) under the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). 2016
Assessor for funding bodies. Proposal evaluator for the Australian synchrotron. 2015
Graphical Advisor of the EAG international peer-reviewed journal 'Geochemical Perspectives' (www.geochemicalperspectives.org) 2013-now
Member of the Editorial Board of the journal 'Minerals' (MDPI journals) 2016-now
Member of the Editorial Board of the journal 'Crystals' (MDPI journals) 2018
Reviewer for periodical publications (on average a minimum of 15 papers/year) American Mineralogist (MSA), Applied Geochemistry (Elsevier), Applied Surface Science (Elsevier), Biogeosciences (EGU), CrystEngComm (RSC), Chemical Communications (RSC), Chemistry of Materials (ACS), Environmental Science & Technology (ACS), Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta (Elsevier), Geology (GSA), Journal of Crystal Growth (Elsevier), Journal of Hazardous Materials (Elsevier), Journal of Microscopy and Ultrastructure (Elsevier), Materials Research Bulletin (Elsevier), Minerals (MDPI), Mineralogical Magazine (GeoScienceWorld), Nanotoxicology (Informa Healthcare), Nanoscale (RSC). 2008-now
Assessor for funding bodies. Proposal evaluator for the Austrian Science Fund (FWF). 2017
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Spanish Fluent Fluent Fluent
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European Association of Geochemistry. Honorary Member. 2011 Now
American Chemical Society 2015 2016
Geosciences; Special Issue "Dynamics and Kinetics of Melt-Fluid-Rock Interactions", MDPI, [eds.], 2018-2018, Notes: [Invited editor for the special Issue "Dynamics and Kinetics of Melt-Fluid-Rock Interactions"], Editorial Board, PUBLISHED  URL
Steele, A., Benning, L.G., Wirth, R., Siljeström, S., Fries, M.D., Hauri, E., Conrad, P.G., Rogers, K., Eigenbrode, J., Schreiber, A., Needham, A., Wang, J.H., McCubbin, F.M., Kilcoyne, D., Rodriguez-Blanco, J.D., Organic synthesis on Mars by electrochemical reduction of CO2, Science Advances, 4, 2018, peaat5118 (10 pages) , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
Mia Rohde Nielsen, Magnesium Sulphate's Influence on Calcium Carbonate Minerals, New Insights into the role of the MgSO4° ion pair, University of Copenhagen, 2018, Thesis, PUBLISHED
ACC and vaterite as metastable intermediates in the solution based crystallization of CaCO3. in, editor(s)Alexander van Driessche, Matthias Kellermeier, Liane G. Benning, Dennis Gebauer , New Perspectives on Mineral Nucleation and Growth, Switzerland, Springer International Publishing, 2017, pp69 - 88, [Juan Diego Rodriguez-Blanco, Karina K. Sand, Liane G. Benning], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI  URL
Special Issue "Rare-Earth Carbonates", Minerals, [eds.], 2017-2018, Notes: [Invited editor for the special issue ], Editorial Board, PUBLISHED  URL
Besselink, R., Rodriguez-Blanco, J.D., Stawski, T.M., Benning, L.G., Tobler, D.J. , How short-lived ikaite affects calcite crystallisation, Crystal Growth & Design, 17, 2017, p6224 - 6230, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Montanari, G., Rodriguez-Blanco, J.D., Bovet, N., Stipp, S.L.S.,Tobler, D.J., Impact of citrate ions on the nucleation and growth of anhydrous CaCO3, Crystal Growth & Design, 17, 2017, p5269 - 5275, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Lorenz, B., Ceccato, M., Andersson, M.P., Dobberschütz, S., Rodriguez-Blanco, J.D., Dalby, K.N., Hassenkam, T., Stipp, S.L.S. , Salinity-Dependent Adhesion Response Properties of Aluminosilicate (K-Feldspar) Surfaces, Energy & Fuels, 31, 2017, p4670 - 4680, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
Roncal-Herrero, T., Astilleros, J.M., Bots, P., Rodriguez-Blanco, J.D., Prieto, M., Benning, L.G., Fernandez-Diaz, L., Reaction pathways and textural aspects of the replacement of anhydrite by calcite at 25 °C., American Mineralogist, 102, 2017, p1270 - 1278, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
Ossorio, M., Stawski, T.M., Rodriguez-Blanco, J.D., Sleutel, M., García-Ruiz, J.M., Benning, L.G., Van Driessche, A.E.S., Physicochemical and Additive Controls on the Multistep Precipitation Pathway of Gypsum., Minerals, 7, 2017, p140-, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
  

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Hodson, M.E., Benning, L.G., Cinque, G., Dermachi, B., Frogley, M., Penkman, K.E.H., Rodriguez-Blanco, J.D., Schofield, P.F., Versteegh, E.A.A., Wehbe, K., Synchrotron-based micro Fourier transform infrared mapping to investigate the spatial distribution of amorphous and crystalline calcium carbonate in earthworm-secreted calcium carbonate balls., Spectroscopy Europe, 28, (3), 2016, p12 - 15, Journal Article, PUBLISHED

  

Award Date
Distinguished Service Award (European Association of Geochemistry) 2014
Extraordinary Doctoral Award - Honorific mention, given to a PhD thesis of a graduate student I supervised (University of Oviedo) 2015
Extraordinary Award of M.Sc. - Honorific Mention. University of Oviedo (Spain) 2003
I am an Ussher Assistant Professor in Nanomineralogy since September 2016. I am an experimental mineralogist, highly experienced in crystallisation and environmental geochemistry. I have a strong successful track record in quantifying natural processes in the laboratory and applying these results to illuminating natural and societally relevant processes. Currently I am building a strong research group of experts in experimental nanomineralogy and also developing very strong national and international collaborations. My goals are to develop new methods for the removal of (in)organic waste products from drinking water, to and to design more energy efficient separation and recycling methods for strategic metals and to develop new carbon capture and storage techniques. The purpose of my research is to find out how to manage resources in a way that we can preserve the quality of life that we have now into the future generations. In particular, my research is focused on the understanding of mineral nucleation and growth from solution and mineral-water interaction processes. I am using a multidisciplinary approach to understand: a) Mineral formation and its role in geochemical cycles: I study the mechanisms of crystallisation of minerals at the nanoscale in order to understand the formation processes of carbonate minerals and their relevance for carbon capture and storage, biogeochemical element cycling and biomineralisation processes. b) The interaction of common seawater ions, pollutants and organics with mineral surfaces: I aim to shed light on mineral-water reactions that can be applied to remediate polluted waters and soils, to control the mobility and to find new sources of strategic metals. In particular, I focus my work on the evaluation of the capacity of carbonates, sulphates and phosphates to remove pollutants and rare-earths from natural waters with the purpose of designing more energy efficient separation and recycling methods for strategic metals.