Javier Garcia-Guinea was born in Madrid, 1953, performing basic studies on geological sciences (1976), gemology (1978), and Ph.D. in science (1981) conducting research on the field of the Spanish gemstone materials. From 1981 he was mineralogical teacher in the Spanish Universities of Madrid, Zaragoza, and Extremadura reaching a permanent job position as staff in 1987. Later, he moved to the Department of Geology of the Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales (MNCN). Nowadays, Garcia-Guinea is Professor of Research of the Spanish Researching Council (CSIC) ascribed to the MNCN institution being scientific supervisor in the following units: (i) Laboratory of Electron Microscopy and Spectroscopy Facilities with four types of equipment: ESEM-EDS-CL, ESEM-WDS, Micro-Raman, and CLSM; (ii) geological laboratories equipped with DTA-TG, DRX, FRX, A.A., O. M., cold-CL, laser-counter, etc.; (iii) MNCN historical collections of minerals, rocks, gemstones, and meteorites. Garcia-Guinea has approximately 170 hits in Web of Science, 75 in divulgation journals, 140 presentations to meetings, 16 books chapters, 2 years in the Laboratory of Luminescence of the University of Sussex, 2 patents, 5 international cooperation actions in Uruguay, Vietnam, Bolivia, Argentina, and Ecuador. Dr. Garcia-Guinea performs basic research on “Mineral and Planetary Sciences” with emphases on the geochemical, molecular, and luminescent properties of minerals and synthetic crystals and Museum’s historical collections of rocks, minerals, meteorites, and ores. The physicochemical properties and thermodynamic and kinetic stability of minerals in the natural world provide crucial data for multidisciplinary studies on archaeology, toxicology of heavy metals, metallurgy, and climate change.
Biography Updated on 28 December 2014