Finally things are close to developing a routine at my new university, job and research institution. The last three weeks were almost exclusively consumed by bureaucrazy, organisational issues, orientating in a new city, moving in and unpacking (still in progress), and and and. Since May 2nd I assist in teaching 2nd semester students the basics of geological map recognition, interpretation and use which turned out to be more fun than expected. Also I am going to supervise a little the microscopes of the Chair of Engineering Geology and once I get some time I will be learning how to do X-ray diffraction measurements.
Yesterday was an important day because I - finally - managed to delineate my planed PhD topic and mailed the dean my official application to be put on the list of PhD students of the university. As I meet all criteria this should only be a formality and I expect to officially be a PhD by next week!
My PhD research will be focusing on the formation mechanisms of bentonites, comparing different types of bentonites from different deposits. I am curious to learn how it all works and am quite glad to be have found a topic within the scope of economic geology and industrial minerals that I consider to gain significantly in importance in the decade. Naturally I hope to also extend my knowledge here and work/research on some other issues.
If any of you should have access or contacts to bentonite (or related like hectorite, etc.) deposits, beds or miners/explorer I would be happy to hear from you. Unfortunately I cannot offer much other than my lasting gratitude and proper acknowledgements. Though I might make this into another post with more details...