12 December, 2017

Reynolds Cup 2018 registration is now open

It is time for the Reynolds Cup again! Today I got the official announcement by email from the organisers. Anyone interested in quantitative analysis of natural rocks and clay minerals by X-ray diffractions and other methods ought to take a look! 
Dear colleagues,

The 9th biennial Reynolds Cup competition for quantitative mineral analysis is now open. You can register your interest in participating in the contest by sending an email to Rieko Adriaens radriaens@qmineral.com. The competition is open to anyone interested in quantitative mineral analysis, with particular emphasis on clay mineralogy. Information about the competition including guidelines and previous winners can be found at http://clays.org/Reynolds.html . The competition is free for all to enter, however, those that are not members of the CMS are encouraged (but not obliged) to become members (see http://clays.org/join_benefits_of_membership.html).
Please use the following format when registering: 
Subject: Please put "Reynolds Cup 2018 registration" in the subject line in your email request. In the body of the email please put the following information:
Shipping address: (that works for DHL/Courier delivery, e.g. physical address not Postal Box)
Phone number (for delivery):
Email address:

A total of approximately 90 sets of samples will be available for distribution. Each set comprises three samples of approximately 3-4 g with mineral mixtures commonly found in clay bearing rocks. All sets of samples will be distributed in the order of registration. Samples are expected to be shipped at the latest at January 22nd 2018 with the deadline for submission of results by April 16th 2018. The top three contestants with the most accurate results will be announced at the 55th Annual Meeting of the Clay Minerals Society (June 11-14, 2018, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois). Only the names of the top three contestants will be published. The names of the other participants will remain strictly confidential.

Because of the popularity of the Reynolds Cup and the enormous amount of work put into its preparation, potential participants are strongly encouraged to plan ahead and only request samples if they are sure they can complete the analysis and return results to the organizers by the due date. Those who request samples and do not send in results or fail to return the samples unopened WELL BEFORE the due date will not be eligible to participate in future Reynolds Cups. A waiting list will be kept to offer returned samples to other potential participants.

To ensure an even wider exposure, we encourage you to forward this announcement to your national mailing lists and mineralogy associations, colleagues and friends who might be interested in participating.

We look forward to your participation!
Rieko Adriaens
Gilles Mertens
Reynolds Cup 2018 organizers

11 December, 2017

9th Mid-European Clay Conference in Zagreb

The Mid-European Clay Conference (MECC) has always been an interesting and worthwhile event during my doctoral student years. Therefore I am especially excited that the 9th MECC is being co-organised by a good friend of mine from the Croation Geological Survey. It will be on 17th to 21st September in the beauiful city of Zagreb in Croatia. 

Follow the banner to the conference website


Here is a quick overview of important information about the 9th MECC: