Find Master's Degrees in Natural Sciences in Greece
In a natural sciences academic program, many branches of the field might be explored in depth with the goal of observing and learning about nature. Some of these branches may include astronomy, biology, physics, ecology and chemistry.
IMACS is an integrated Master of Science designed by 4 institutions with a wide range of leadership in clay science :
the University of Poitiers (UP) in France (co-ordinator),
the University of Aveiro (UA) in Portugal,
the Technical University of Crete (TUC) (Chania) in Greece,
the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS) (Porto Alegre) in Brazil.
Why clay minerals?
Interest in clays results from their common availability, and their unique physical and chemical properties. No other minerals currently attract so great an interest.
In addition to their conventional ancient use as bricks, tiles, ceramics and for paper coating and waste management more recently, clays have found many novel applications. Clay minerals have provided a boost in technology because they are inexpensive nanomaterials, and as such, they have a huge potential for the synthesis of polymer nanocomposites with superior mechanical and thermal properties. The optimisation of adsorption, colloidal and rheological properties also opens prospects of using clay minerals for medical uses, pollution control, and environmental protection. Clay minerals play a role in economic geology (both as an important mineral resource and in energy resource exploration) and soil management. Clays also have many negative effects in geotechnical engineering, manifested in the form of landslides, mudflows, and the deterioration of clay-based construction materials....