Dr. Athanasios Godelitsas
School of Science National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
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Recent Discoveries




  • Discovery of bridgmanite, the most abundant mineral in Earth, in a shocked meteorite
  • Evidence for arsenic metabolism and cycling by microorganisms 2.7 billion years ago
  • Mineralogy of the Martian Surface
  • Nanoscopic X-ray Fluorescence Imaging of Meteoritic Particles and Diamond Inclusions
  • Short eruption window revealed by absolute crystal growth rates in a granitic magma
  • Hydrous mantle transition zone indicated by ringwoodite included within diamond
  • Supervolcano eruptions driven by melt buoyancy in large silicic magma chambers
  • Evidence for biogenic graphite in early Archaean Isua metasedimentary rocks
  • Carbon substitution for oxygen in silicates in planetary interiors
  • Noble metal nanoclusters and nanoparticles precede mineral formation in magmatic sulphide melts
  • Ponded melt at the boundary between the lithosphere and asthenosphere
  • The coordination of Mg in foraminiferal calcite
  • Analysis of Surface Materials by the Curiosity Mars Rover & Science cover
  • Formation of the world's largest REE deposit
  • Readily available phosphate from minerals in early aqueous environments on Mars
  • Surface chemistry allows for abiotic precipitation of dolomite at low temperature
  • Subduction-zone earthquake complexity related to frictional anisotropy in antigorite
  • Feeding andesitic eruptions with a high-speed connection from the mantle
  • Redox Heterogeneity in Mid-Ocean Ridge Basalts as a Function of Mantle Source & Science cover
  • Evidence for reactive reduced phosphorus species in the early Archean ocean
  • Vaterite Crystals Contain Two Interspersed Crystal Structures
  • Speleothems Reveal 500,000-Year History of Siberian Permafrost
  • Stagnation of subducting slabs in the transition zone due to slow diffusion in majoritic garnet
  • A Natural Topological Insulator & Lab-made supermaterial that could boost computing exists in nature too
  • Rhenium variations in molybdenite (MoS2): Evidence for progressive subsurface oxidation
  • Unique Meteorite from Early Amazonian Mars: Water-Rich Basaltic Breccia Northwest Africa 7034 & Meteorite carries ancient water from Mars
  • Buddha from space - An ancient object of art made of a Chinga iron meteorite fragment & Iron man's impact
  • Direct measurement of hydroxyl in the lunar regolith and the origin of lunar surface water
  • Magmatic precipitation as a possible origin of Noachian clays on Mars & BBC News
  • Deep carbon export from a Southern Ocean iron-fertilized diatom bloom
  • Solid-liquid iron partitioning in Earth's deep mantle
  • Microbial nucleation of Mg-rich dolomite in exopolymeric substances under anoxic modern seawater salinity: New insight into an old enigma
  • Direction-Specific Interactions Control Crystal Growth by Oriented Attachment & relevant video on Youtube
  • The Role and Implications of Bassanite as a Stable Precursor Phase to Gypsum Precipitation
  • An ikaite record of late Holocene climate at the Antarctic Peninsula
  • Experimental determination of bulk modulus of 14 A tobermorite using high pressure synchrotron X-ray diffraction
  • Tranquillityite: The last lunar mineral comes down to Earth & Rare Moon Mineral Found on Earth
  • Evidence for the extraterrestrial origin of a natural quasicrystal
  • Earth's Redox History & Isotopic Evidence for Massive Oxidation of Organic Matter Following the Great Oxidation Event
  • Chemical bonding between tectonic plates & Frictional ageing from interfacial bonding and the origins of rate and state friction
  • Criticality of Non-Fuel Minerals
  • Subsurface water and clay mineral formation during the early history of Mars
  • A depolarizer as a possible precise sunstone for Viking navigation by polarized skylight
  • The Major-Element Composition of Mercury's Surface & Radioactive Elements on Mercury's Surface
  • Aerobic bacterial pyrite oxidation and acid rock drainage during the Great Oxidation Event
  • Dust- and mineral-iron utilization by the marine dinitrogen-fixer Trichodesmium
  • Arsenic migration to deep groundwater in Bangladesh influenced by adsorption and water demand & Natural processes can limit spread of arsenic in water
  • Deep Mantle Cycling of Oceanic Crust & Diamond Illumines Carbon Cycling & Univ. Bristol News
  • Icosahedrite, Al63Cu24Fe13 the first natural quasicrystal & Natural Quasicrystals & Chemistry World
  • A 3500-Year Record of Hg and Pb Contamination in a Mediterranean Sedimentary Archive
  • Characterization of Eyjafjallajokull volcanic ash particles and a protocol for rapid risk assessment & BBC News & Chemistry World
  • Dispersal and Attenuation of Trace Contaminants Downstream of the Ajka Bauxite Residue (Red Mud) Depository Failure, Hungary
  • Microbially Mediated Mineral Carbonation: Roles of Phototrophy and Heterotrophy
  • Distinctive Arsenic(V) Trapping Modes by Magnetite Nanoparticles Induced by Different Sorption Processes
  • Biogenic Fe(III) Minerals Lower the Efficiency of Iron-Mineral-Based Commercial Filter Systems for Arsenic Removal
  • Quantitative Chemical Imaging of Element Diffusion into Heterogeneous Media Using LA-ICPMS, Synchrotron Micro-XRF, and EXAFS
  • Itokawa Dust Particles: A Direct Link Between S-Type Asteroids and Ordinary Chondrites
  • Deep-sea mud in the Pacific Ocean as a potential resource for rare-earth elements
  • Lead Speciation in House Dust from Canadian Urban Homes Using EXAFS, Micro-XRF, and Micro-XRD
  • Convergent Cenozoic CO2 history
  • Partial radiogenic heat model for Earth revealed by geoneutrino measurements & KamLAND
  • The tungsten isotopic composition of the Earth's mantle before the terminal bombardment & BBC News
  • The Deep Carbon Observatory & DCO
  • Hydrothermal vents as a kinetically stable source of iron-sulphide-bearing nanoparticles to the ocean
  • Source and Nature of Inhaled Atmospheric Dust from Trace Element Analyses of Human Bronchial Fluids
  • The complete mitochondrial DNA genome of an unknown hominin from southern Siberia
  • Biomineralization: A crystal-clear view
  • De Novo Design of Peptide-Calcite Biomineralization Systems
  • Asprich Peptides Are Occluded in Calcite and Permanently Disorder Biomineral Crystals
  • A Draft Sequence of the Neandertal Genome
  • Sea-Level Highstand 81000 Years Ago in Mallorca
  • The Role of Ammonites in the Mesozoic Marine Food Web Revealed by Jaw Preservation
  • Amazonia Through Time
  • Ocean Acidification Unprecedented, Unsettling
  • Ocean Warming Slows Coral Growth in the Central Red Sea
  • The Structure of Iron in Earth's Inner Core
  • The Story of Atmospheric CO2 Measurements
  • Nominally hydrous magmatism on the Moon
  • Global Signatures and Dynamical Origins of the Little Ice Age and Medieval Climate Anomaly
  • Origins of magnetite nanocrystals in Martian meteorite ALH84001
  • Iron solubility driven by speciation in dust sources to the ocean
  • Controlling Biomineralization: The Effect of Solution Composition on Coccolith Polysaccharide Functionality
  • Fluctuations in Precambrian atmospheric oxygenation recorded by chromium isotopes & Early Earth: Oxygen for heavy-metal fans
  • The Last Glacial Maximum
  • Vulnerability of deep groundwater in the Bengal Aquifer System to contamination by arsenic
  • Catastrophic flood of the Mediterranean after the Messinian salinity crisis
  • Shock-synthesized hexagonal diamonds in Younger Dryas boundary sediments & Mammoth-Killer Impact Flunks Out
  • Water and the Oxidation State of Subduction Zone Magmas
  • Minerals get more complex & Interfacial Forces Are Modified by the Growth of Surface Nanostructures
  • The Descent of Minerals & Mineral Evolution
  • A Geological Stabilization of Carbon in the Crust
  • Nanominerals, Mineral Nanoparticles, and Earth Systems
  • The first hominin of Europe
  • How the Sahara Became Dry
  • Hydrothermal vents and the origin of life
  • Cosmogenic nuclide dating of Sahelanthropus tchadensis and Australopithecus bahrelghazali
  • Stable Prenucleation Calcium Carbonate Clusters & Now You See Them
  • Toward New Uses for Hematite & Linked Reactivity at Mineral-Water Interfaces Through Bulk Crystal Conduction
  • Age and Evolution of the Grand Canyon Revealed by U-Pb Dating of Water Table-Type Speleothems & Response to Comments
  • Placing late Neanderthals in a climatic context
  • Peptides Enhance Magnesium Signature in Calcite: Insights into Origins of Vital Effects
  • Hadean diamonds in zircon from Jack Hills, Western Australia
  • Marine Calcifiers in a High-CO2 Ocean
  • Coral Reefs Under Rapid Climate Change and Ocean Acidification
  • Mineralogy and Petrology of Comet 81P/Wild 2 Nucleus Samples
  • Colloid Transport of Plutonium in the Far-Field of the Mayak Production Association, Russia
  • The Lost City Hydrothermal Field

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