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Mineral Scale formation: from the atomic to the field scale

Objective

The MINSC Initial Training Network (ITN) is comprised of partners from first-rate universities and high-level industrial partners located in the United Kingdom, France, Denmark, Iceland, Germany, Norway, and Italy. The prime aims of this network is to provide research and training opportunities to a new generation of young fellows in fundamental and collaborative research projects related to the nucleation and growth of a series of relevant scale mineral systems in the absence or presence of inhibitors agents. The training will combine molecular level research with studies linked to clear industrial processes at the field-level. The ultimate goal is to better
understand one of the highly relevant problems in oil, geothermal and food industrial processes: pipe clogging and surface corrosion by mineral scale precipitates during production. To achieve this, the network will combine training of early stage and experienced researchers in state-of-the-art techniques of mineral formation and characterization both in laboratory and industrial settings with research objectives that aim at quantifying the nucleation and growth of several mineral systems: carbonates, sulphates/sulphides, oxalates and silicates. Scaling can often be retarded via inhibitors but their role in affecting rates of formation of these minerals in solution, on surfaces as well as in real-world industrial settings (i.e. pipes, cores etc.) are unknown. We will determine these rates in laboratory experiments and implement and test these novel
findings directly in industrial power plant systems. The prime industrially-driven science goal is twofold (a) to better understand what leads to the precipitation of a series of mineral scales causing a massive decrease in efficiency and increased cost for industrial processes (i.e. oil and gas production, geothermal energy, beer) and (b) to develop processes/inhibitors that can help mitigate and / or prevent scale formation in such environments.

Call for proposal

FP7-PEOPLE-2011-ITN
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Funding Scheme

MC-ITN - Networks for Initial Training (ITN)

Coordinator

UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS
Address
Woodhouse Lane
LS2 9JT Leeds
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 1 157 352,83
Administrative Contact
Martin Hamilton (Mr.)

Participants (8)

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
France
EU contribution
€ 481 218,10
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Patrick Mounaud (Mr.)
KOBENHAVNS UNIVERSITET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 585 996,40
Address
Norregade 10
1165 Kobenhavn
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ivan Kristoffersen (Mr.)
HASKOLI ISLANDS
Iceland
EU contribution
€ 269 567,10
Address
Saemundargotu 2
101 Reykjavik
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Sigurdur Gudnason (Mr.)
Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster
Germany
EU contribution
€ 226 626,40
Address
Schlossplatz 2
48149 Muenster
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Katharina Steinberg (Dr.)
UNIVERSITETET I OSLO
Norway
EU contribution
€ 269 567,10
Address
Problemveien 5-7
0313 Oslo
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Trine-Lise K. Gørbitz (Dr.)
MAERSK OLIE OG GAS AS
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 290 248,20
Address
Esplanaden 50
1263 Kobenhavn
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Karin Svan (Ms.)
ORKUVEITA REYKJAVIKUR SF
Iceland
EU contribution
€ 269 567,10
Address
Baejarhals 1
110 Reykjavik
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Bergur Sigfusson (Dr.)
WEST SYSTEMS SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 245 886,30
Address
Viale Donato Giannotti 24
50126 Firenze
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Sandro Mori (Mr.)