What is MINSC?

MINSC is a European FP7 Marie Curie Initial Training Network (ITN) that addresses the current and future challenges of mineral scale formation. The research themes of MINSC relate to the mechanisms of nucleation, growth and inhibition of mineral scale formation through experimental and field projects. Scale formation is a common and costly phenomenon in many industrial processes that deal with water or other fluid handling systems (i.e., wells, heat exchangers, tanks and delivery lines, etc.), where mineral precipitation in pipes, on equipment or as fracture filling has a detrimental effect on process efficiency, cost and lifetime of processing technologies. Scale formation is encountered in a large number of industries including paper-making, chemical manufacturing, cement operations, food processing, as well as non-renewable, (i.e., oil and gas) and renewable (i.e., geothermal) energy production. To learn more about MINSC, please click here.


Exploring and exploiting career opportunities, Part 2

A follow up to the December network event will take place in Tuscany, Italy from March 8-12, 2014. Fellows will receive three days of training and the event will include a visit to the West Systems facility in Pontedera. A schedule for the meeting will be available soon.


Exploring and exploiting career opportunities, Part 1

The next MINSC network event "CS4: Exploring and exploiting career opportunities plus CS2: employability and an entrepreneurial attitude" will take place in December 2014. For more information about this event, please click here.


Large Scale Outreach Meeting: Iceland, August 2014

MINSC Fellows have just returned from a large scale network meeting in Reykjavik, Iceland. This network meeting included participation in the International Carbon Conference with exposure to experts in the field and both field sampling and field excursions.

More information is available here.

MNSC Iceland

Publications

To view a list of significant publications produced by the MINSC network, please visit our Publications page.

Please also visit the MINSC newsfeed at: http://mineralscaleformation.wordpress.com/



MINSC news feed

The MINSC fellows have created a a wordpress-based news feed with information about MINSC activities. To view the news feed, please follow this link: http://mineralscaleformation.wordpress.com/


Progress Reports

Slides illustrating the MINSC Progress Reports are now available here.

Progress reports

Training schools

A list of training schools on State of the Art analytical techniques of potential interest to MINSC fellows can be found here.