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Assistant Professor, Mineralogy
Year Started at JMU: 2018
elmicx@jmu.edu
Contact Info
Website: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Chiara_Elmi

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 for ceramics and tile production
  • X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscope (SEM), and energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX)
Courses
  • ISCI 101: Physics, Chemistry, and Human Experience
  • GEOL 110L: Physical Geology Lab
  • GEOL 280: Mineralogy
  • GEOL 497: Problems in Geology
Education
  • 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, 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.
  • G. Sighinolfi, C. Elmi, R. Serra, G. Contini (2014) High density silica phases as evidence of small-scale hypervelocity impacts: the Gebel Kamil crater (Egypt). Periodico di Mineralogia, 83(3), 299-312.
  • C. Elmi, M.F. Brigatti, S. Guggenheim, L. Pasquali, M. Montecchi, S. Nannarone (2014) Crystal chemistry and surface configurations of two iron-bearing trioctahedral mica-1M polytypes. Clays and Clay Minerals, 62, 243-252.

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