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The scope of the CMGIP commission is to bring together experts in crystal growth and geoscientists interested in the rich range of phenomena associated with mineral crystallization and dissolution processes in nature. Although there has been interaction between the "crystal growth community" and geoscientists in the past, there is still a strong demand to strengthen and employ the most modern tools for "in situ" observation of these process and advanced ideas if we are to advance our understanding of these processes. Four major categories may be classified: (1) Interface phenomena on the molecular level (2) mineral texture formation (3) crystallization and dissolution mechanisms and (4) novel "in situ" techniques to visualize the process of nucleation and crystal growth.

Institute of Petrology, Mineralogy, and Economic Geology Tohoku University, Aobaku, Sendai, 980-8578, Japan

TEL +81-22-217-6601

FAX +81-22-217-6675

Andreas LUTTGE

Associate Professor Department of Earth Science, MS 126, Rice University, 6100 Main Street, Houston, TX 77005-1892,U.S.A.

Tel.: +1 (713) 348-6304

FAX: +1 (713) 348-5214

Andreas Luttge webpage


Associate Professor of McGill University, Earth & Planetary Sciences, Frank Dawson Adams Building, 3450 University Street, Montreal, Qc, Canada H3A 2A7

phone: +1 (514)398-4402

fax: +1 (514)398-4680

IMA corresponding member
Sergey Krivovichev (since August 2010)
19th General Meeting of the International Mineralogical Association "Expansion to Nano, Bio and Planetary Worlds", IMA2006-Kobe, Japan, July 23-28, 2006- Sponsoring of sessions by the IMA-CMGIP: 1. International Symposium on Calcite Growth & Interface Processes, Tohoku University (Japan) March 2007. Application of novel techniques for in-situ observation of crystal growth and nuclation. Conveners: Andreas Luttge, Rice Univ. and Katsuo Tuskamoyo, Tohoku Unib.

2. Texture formation and crystal growth in geosciences. Conveners: Michihiko Nakamura, Tohoku Univ., Tadao Nishiyama, Kumamoto univ., and Andrew Putnis, Univ. Münster. 3. Nuclation and aggregation of macro- to nano-materials. Conveners: Lukas Baumgartner, Univ.Lausanne, Masamichi Ishikawa, Tokyo Inst. of Technology.

2nd International Conference on Crystallogenesis and Mineralogy

St Petersburg (Russia)(31 July - 5 August 2007), with the participation of IMA-CMGIP

Organization of the meeting on ’Interface Mineralogy’ (28-30 september 2005)

CMGIP plans for participation in Meeting

The commission also wishes to bring to your attention the following events: 1) The 15th International Conference on Crystal Growth (in conjunction with the 13th Conference on Vapor Growth and Epitaxy) will be held on August 12 - 17, 2007, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. Abstract submission will open on January 1st, 2007.

2) An International Symposium on calcite growth and interface processes, organized by students and sponsored by Tohoku University, to be held before March 2007. Further details will follow.

3) The 2nd International Conference on Crystallogenesis and Mineralogy will be held at the Department of Crystallography and Department of Mineralogy of Saint-Petersbourg State University. October 1-5, 2007. Registration will begin on October 1st, 2006. Contact: for further information. Plans were also discussed for some future events:

4) We wish to identify researchers interested in organizing a session related to mineral interface processes at the upcoming Goldschmidt conferences. The 2007 meeting will be held in Cologne, Germany, August 19-24, under the theme "Atoms to Planets". The 2008 Goldscmidt conference ("From Sea to Sky") will take place in Vancouver, Canada, July 13-18.

5) Eugenio Scandale (U. Bari, Italy) offered to lead the planning of an international summer school on "Crystal Growth and Interface Processes" in 2007 or 2008 in Bari, Italy. The project would involve the publication of course notes/chapters as a volume in the EMU Notes series or the MSA Reviews in Mineralogy.

6) Andrew Putnis (U. Muenster, Germany) will act as liaison with the IGC 2008 meeting (Oslo) and organize a session on crystal growth.7) Plans for an eventual 2nd International Symposium on Interface Mineralogy (2009?) were also considered. Andreas Luttge (Rice U., USA) offered to look into the logistics of holding such an event in Houston, USA.

See below for reports and member lists


CMGIP 2008 Report

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CMGIP 2007 Report

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CMGIP member list 2007

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CMGIP 2006 Report

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CMGIP member list 2006

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CMGIP 2005 Report

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CMGIP Member list 2005

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CMGIP 2002 Project

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