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Assistant Professor, Mineralogy
Year Started at JMU: 2018
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Research Description
  • Reactivity of clay minerals, phyllosilicates, and manganese oxides for environmental protection and industrial applications
  • Phase transitions and chemical changes in lightning-struck materials
  • Raw material characterization via X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscope (SEM), and energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX)
  • ENVT 101: Perspectives in Environmental Science
  • ISCI 101: Physics, Chemistry, and Human Experience
  • GEOL 110L: Physical Geology Lab
  • GEOL 280: Mineralogy
  • GEOL 311: Mineral Resources and the Environment
  • GEOL 497: Problems in Geology
  • PhD in Mineralogy and Crystallography, 2011, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy
  • MS in Geological Sciences, 2007, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy
  • BS in Geological Sciences, 2005, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy
Select Publications
  • C. Elmi (2023) Physical-Chemical Properties of Nano-Sized Phyllosilicates: Recent Environmental and Industrial Advancements. Encyclopedia 3 (4), 1439-1460
  • C. Elmi, J.R. Whitlock, M.T. Macdowell, R.D. Foust Jr (2023) Insights on the Formation Conditions of Manganese Oxides from Crimora, VA (USA). Geosciences 13 (8), 235
  • C. Elmi, D.L. Goodman (2022) Beauty of order and symmetry in minerals: bridging ancient Greek philosophy with modern science. Foundations of Science,
  • C. Elmi, J. Post, P. Heaney (2021) Chemical and structural modifications of synthetic Na-birnessite as affected by pH and Calcium concentration in aqueous solutions. American Mineralogist, 106, 15 – 27
  • C. Elmi, A. Cipriani, F. Lugli, G. Sighinolfi (2021) Insights on the Origin of Vitrified Rocks from Serravuda, Acri (Italy): Rock Fulgurite or Anthropogenic Activity? Geosciences,11(12), 493 
  • C. Elmi (2020) Integrating Social Emotional Learning Strategies in Higher Education. European Journal of Investigation in Health, Psychology and Education. 10(3), 848-858
  • C. Elmi, A. Simal, G. Winchester (2020) Developing a rock garden at Edith J. Carrier Arboretum, Harrisonburg VA (U.S.A.) as a resource for promoting geotourism. Geosciences, 10(10), 415
  • C. Elmi, N. Coleman, K. Miu, E. Schruba (2018) Experimental simulation of the last stage of cloud-to-ground lightning stroke on rocks. Applied Sciences, 8, 2394–2407

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