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Structure and Reactivity of Mineral Surfaces

  • Dr. Carlos M. Pina Martínez

    Double affiliation: Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Spain
    Research: Scanning probe microscopies and surfaces
    Joining Date: January, 2014
    User Name: carlos.pina
    Telephone: +34 91 299 87 00
    Pina Martínez

    Carlos M. Pina got his Ph.D. in Geology from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM) in 1996. From 1997 to 2001, he was member of the research group directed by Professor Andrew Putnis at the Institute for Mineralogy at the University of Munster (Germany).

    In 2001, Dr. Pina joined the Department of Crystallography and Mineralogy at the UCM as a “Ramon y Cajal” researcher and became lecturer in Crystallography and Mineralogy in 2005. Through his research, Dr. Pina has contributed to the study of the nanoscale processes occurring at the mineral-fluid interfaces. He has investigated the effect of the symmetry and the anisotropy on the nanoscale crystal growth mecha- nisms, the formation of solid solutions and epitaxial monolayers on mineral surfaces, and the effect of inorganic and organic impurities on the growth kinetics of minerals from aqueous solutions. At IMDEA, Dr. Pina is member of the Nanotribology group.

    Research Lines

    • Crystal growth mechanisms operating on mineral surfaces.
    • Formation and nanomanipulation of overgrowths on mineral surfaces.
    • Structure of crystal surfaces in liquid environments.
    • Interaction between multicomponent aqueous solutions and minerals.
    • Relationships between crystallization kinetics and composition in solid solution-aqueous solution systems.

    Relevant publications

    • "Epitaxial growth of calcite crystals on dolomite and kutnahorite (104) surfaces" C. Pimentel, C.M. Pina and E. Gnecco Cryst. Growth Des., 2013, 13, pp 2557–2563
    • "The composition of solid solutions crystallising from aqueous solutions:  the influence of supersaturation and growth mechanisms" C.M. Pina, M. Enders and A. Putnis. Chemical Geology 168, 195-210 (2000)
    •  "Molecular-scale mechanisms of crystal growth in barite" C.M. Pina, U. Becker, P. Risthaus, D. Bosbach and A. Putnis. Nature 395, 483- 486 (1998)