What "Applied Mineralogy" is about
Mineralogy is often referred to as the "materials science of the geosciences" and in this respect the entire mineralogy is actually always a material-oriented, applied science. Usually, however, the term "applied mineralogy" refers to research related to economically or ecologically significant substances from the point of view of mineralogy.
From the tradition of mineralogy as the science of natural, inorganic solids, applied mineralogy has developed into an area of expertise that is primarily concerned with the production and properties of non-metallic-inorganic materials.
Research questions we adress
Our research work is broad and covers fundamental aspects of materials science, such as determining the stability of phases as a function of pressure, temperature and composition, as well as application-specific questions such as the corrosion of heat protection tiles during atmospheric re-entry of space capsules.
The materials examined cover the entire spectrum of inorganic materials, from natural stones and binders to monolithic ceramics, single crystals and modern composite materials.
Methods we use
The full range of chemical-physical analysis is used in applied mineralogy. Our extensive laboratory equipment covers almost all areas from element and structure analysis to mechanical and thermal characterization under application conditions. However, since our questions always require new test and measurement methods, we are in close contact with developers and manufacturers in order to push the limits of what is feasible.