Joint Meeting MinWien2023 took place September 17 to 21, organized by the Department of Mineralogy and Crystallography.


In August, 2023, Prof. Lutz Nasdala held a laser-spectroscopy training course, with special focus on gemstone enhancement, at Science and Technology Park, Chaing Mai University (STeP-CMU), Thailand.


Whilst two-dimensional dendrites of Fe or Mn oxides (e.g. at fractures) are a common phenomenon, three-dimensional dendrites are decidedly rare. Soch objects occurring in a porous zeolith rock were studied recently by an international team, among others by Raman spectroscopy in our institute.


University of Vienna geologist Jennifer Zwicker is investigating whether archaea play a role in the formation of magnesite using the example of the Kraubath deposit in Styria (Austria). If so, the tiny microorganisms could help us in the fight against the climate crisis.


As part of a cooperative project between the Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna (museum of the history of fine art) and the Institute of Mineralogy and Crystallography of the University of Vienna, all 172 jewels of the Imperial Crown have now been examined and documented in detail.


Josef Zemann passed away gently and peacefully on October 16, 2022 at the age of 100. His person, his tireless commitment, his keen sense of observation, but also his kindness and humor remain unforgotten.