Jarosite formation in deep Antarctic ice provides a window into acidic, water-limited weathering on Mars

Formation of the mineral of jarosite (hydrated iron potassium sulfate) at great depths in Antarctic glaciers has been identified for the first time.
This result was also obtained thanks to the analysis of the powders with XANES, with SYNCROTRON RADIATION, and confirms the hypothesis according to which the sediments rich in jarosite identified on the surface of Mars by NASA's Rover Opportunity, would be linked to the presence of large ice caps that covered part of the red planet in the ancient geological past.

Among the authors Augusto Marcelli (RICMASS)

Identificata per la prima volta la formazione del minerale di jarosite (solfato idrato di ferro e potassio) a grandi profondità nei ghiacciai Antartici.
Questo risultato è stato ottenuto anche grazie all'analisi delle polveri con le XANES, con RADIAZIONE DI SINCROTRONE, e conferma l’ipotesi secondo la quale i sedimenti ricchi di jarosite individuati sulla superficie di Marte dal Rover Opportunity della NASA, sarebbero legati alla presenza di grandi calotte di ghiaccio che hanno coperto parte del pianeta rosso nell’antico passato geologico.
Tra gli autori Augusto Marcelli (RICMASS)
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The Nobel Prize in chemistry to John B. Goodenough


In the first raw from left to rigth: Takeshi Egami, Antonio Bianconi, John Goodenough, Charles P. Slichter.

Today Oct 9, 2019 the scientific community of Superstripes is very happy for the announcement of the Nobel Prize in chemistry, to John B. Goodenough.
We all congratulate with John for the discovery of Lithium batteries but we all think that : "John finally won the prize" since he made so many other beautiful discoveries in the science of quantum materials.
John B. Goodenough with Alex K. Muller [nobel Laureate] and Lev Gor'kov [Ugo Fano Gold Medal] has partecipated at the first Stripes conference (held in 1996) and at many following Stripes and Superstripes conferences where he presented the key role of pseudo Jahn Teller polaron stripes and for new of phase segregation in perovskite high Tc superconductors.

The picture was taken at the Sripes conference held in Rome in 2004


John B. Goodenough at the first STRIPES conference 1996.



Interview with 2019 Nobel Laureate John B. Goodenough.

"SILS Lifetime Achievement Award" to Antonio Bianconi

During "3rd Joint AIC-SILS conference", Rome, June 25-28 2018, the special career "SILS Lifetime Achievement" award was given to Antonio Bianconi (RICMASS).

See video of the talk"SILS Lifetime Achievement Award" to Antonio Bianconi

Ugo Fano    UGO FANO PRIZE 2016
    for Materials Science, Light Science & Life Science

 Rome Dec 19-20-21, 2016

Established in honor of Ugo Fano, at 80 years from the publication of his paper on configuration interaction between open and closed scattering channels (after called "Fano resonances")
the Rome International Center for Materials Science Superstripes (RICMASS)
to announce the ceremony on December 19, 2016 Marconi Hall, CNR, Piazzale Aldo Moro, 00185 Rome, Italy, in honor of the 2016 "Ugo Fano Gold Medal" winners