Marco Bruno

Università degli Studi di Torino, Italy


Marco Bruno received a Ph.D. degree in mineralogy, petrology, and crystallography from the University of Modena and Reggio-Emilia, Modena, Italy, 2003. He currently works as a Researcher in the Department of Earth Sciences, University of Turin, Turin, Italy. His research and publications have focused on the following topics: (i) surface of minerals: (a) determination of the surface structure by means of quantum-mechanical (ab initio), semiempirical, and empirical methods; (b) calculation of thermodynamic quantities related to the crystal surface, by using ab initio and empirical methodologies, that is, surface free energy; (ii) determination of the thermodynamic (i.e., entropy and Gibbs free energy) and thermoelastic (i.e., bulk modulus and thermal expansion) properties of the minerals, by performing ab initio calculations at DFT level; (iii) study of the twinned crystals: determination of the structure of the twin boundaries and calculation of the free energy of twinning by means of quantum-mechanical and empirical calculations; and (iv) study of the interface between minerals and water: development of numerical and analytical models in order to determine the free energy of the mineral/water interface.

Biography Updated on 4 February 2013

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