3.2 million euros to research the interaction between fluid and rock in the continental crust

The Earth Sciences department of VU Amsterdam has received an EU grant of approximately 3.2 million euros to train 12 PhD students in FluidNET (GA-956127) together with an international team of 8 partners*; a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Innovative Training Network.

09/15/2020 | 4:00 PM

VU earth scientists Jan Wijbrans and Fraukje Brouwer, Geology and Geochemistry cluster, will work with the partners to investigate the interaction between fluid and rock in the deeper continental crust. The research is important to better understand melting of the earth's crust and, for example, mountain formation, but above all to understand how the concentration of elements in metal ores works. Demand for metal ores is expected to go strong in the near future, as several scarce ones are essential for making electronics and for generating renewable energy.

Pathways of fluids
Fluids, and in particular water, next to the solid components represent a key component in the Earth continental crust because water can act as a solvent, a catalyst enhancing chemical reactions, a transport medium for mass transport, and it controls the strength of rocks. FluidNET’s approach will focus on tracking down the sources and pathways of fluids in the crust and will attempt to measure the timescales over which fluids are mobile in the crust.

Marie Skłodowska-Curie-Actions
The Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions support researchers at all stages of their careers, regardless of age and nationality. Researchers working across all disciplines are eligible for funding. The MSCA also support cooperation between industry and academia and innovative training to enhance employability and career development.

*Utrecht University, Naturalis Biodiversity Centre, University of Münster, RWTH Aachen, Open University, University of Milano-Bicocca, and Amphos21 consultants of Barcelona.