ZiF Winter School

Investigating Solid-Liquid Interfaces:
The Calcite-Water Interface at the Molecular Level

2 - 6 March 2020
Convenors: Angelika Kühnle (Bielefeld, GER), Adam Foster (Helsinki, FIN)

Solid-liquid interfaces are omnipresent both in nature and technology. Among solid-liquid interfaces, the calcite-water interface plays an outstanding role. This is because calcite – the thermodynamically most stable modification of calcium carbonate – is highly abundant in the Earth's crust. It is of utmost relevance for the milieu of aqueous systems, especially oceans. It is pivotal to the carbonate cycle, which has a decisive role in storage of anthropogenic carbon dioxide. As a major rock-forming mineral, calcite also affects many technical areas, including, e.g., seawater desalination, as well as construction and oil industry. In all these fields, fundamental processes take place at the calcite-water interface. During this winter school, highly renowned scientists from various disciplines will introduce state-of-the-art concepts and methods to elucidate the atomic structure and fundamental processes at the calcite-water interface. A strong focus will be on classes about complementary approaches from experiment and theory. To foster a stimulating atmosphere and open discussions, the programme will include informal sessions to raise disturbing questions and identify hot topics.

Conference Programme

Please direct questions concerning the organisation of the workshop to Marina Hoffmann at the Conference Office. Questions regarding scientific content and contributions should be directed to the organizers.

Tel: +49 521 106-2768
Fax: +49 521 106-152768
E-Mail: marina.hoffmann@uni-bielefeld.de