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.

MINSC fellows defend their PhDs!

Congratulations to Christopher Hawkins and Cristina Ruiz Agudo who successfully defended their PhDs in December 2015! To view photos, please click here.

Ruiz Agudo phd defense

MINSC and CO2 React at Goldschmidt 2015

To see when members of the MINSC and CO2 react networks gave presentations during the Goldschmidt conference, please click here.

The annual management meeting open to all MINSC fellows and PIs was held on Monday, August 17th from 4 pm to 6 pm. Minutes from the meeting are available here.

Network meeting: Exploring and exploiting career opportunities, Part 2

A follow up to the December network event tookplace in Tuscany, Italy from March 8-12, 2014. Fellows received three days of training and participated in a visit to the West Systems facility in Pontedera. A schedule for the meeting is available here.

Some photos are available here.

MINSC tuscany

Exploring and exploiting career opportunities, Part 1

The MINSC network event "CS4: Exploring and exploiting career opportunities plus CS2: employability and an entrepreneurial attitude" took 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


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/


To view a list of secondments within the MINSC network, please click here.

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.