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StFX geology graduate student wins national award for outstanding M.Sc. thesis

May 23rd, 2017
Mike Reid (left) won the 2017 Geological Association of Canada, Leopold Gelinas silver medal for the most outstanding M.Sc. thesis written by a Canadian or submitted to a Canadian university.

St. Francis Xavier University graduate student, Michael Reid, was awarded the 2017 Geological Association of Canada, Leopold Gelinas silver medal for the most outstanding M.Sc. thesis written by a Canadian or submitted to a Canadian university.

His master’s thesis entitled, “Direct observation of crystallization in the system LiAlSi4O10–H2O: Implications for late stage crystal growth in lithium-rich pegmatites” was evaluated on the basis of originality, validity of concepts, organization and presentation of data, and understanding and depth of research.

Mr. Reid experimentally examined crystallization kinetics in the system petalite-water, which is a simple analogue of lithium-enriched rocks known as granitic pegmatites. These enigmatic igneous rocks are noted for their unusually large crystals and as being a source of almost 50 per cent of the world’s lithium, an important commodity used in batteries.

Under the supervision of SFX professor Dr. Alan Anderson, Mr. Reid was able to experimentally monitor melting and crystallization over a wide range of pressures and temperatures using a hydrothermal diamond anvil cell constructed in the machine shop at StFX.

Mr. Reid was present with the medal at the Geological Association of Canada meeting in Kingston, ON on May 16.

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