A Marie Curie Intra European Fellowship granted to Juan Diego Rodriguez-Blanco

Title: NanoCArB
“The role of boron in the crystallisation and surface properties of CaCO3 at the nanoscale”

The goal of NanoCArB is to carry out an in depth study of the effects of boron in the chemistry and crystallisation of carbonates. How surface properties of calcite in contact with borate-rich solutions is affected at the atomic- and nanoscale, is a subject that only has been addressed in the laboratory from a basic viewpoint. This study will provide key information on how to improve water cleaning treatments, scaling inhibition methods, develop better strategies to extract oil from chalk, and also to advance in the understanding of processes that occur at the global scale (e.g. ocean acidification, climate change).