a trip to Daintree river - Australia, QLD

"I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the darkness at Tannhauser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time like tears in rain. Time to die"

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Current topics

0. Define the evolution of the microstructure of silicate-melt and silicate-metal melt aggregates down to the grain boundary scale for static and dynamic annealing conditions. This study is a collaboration with Dr. Saswata Hier-Majumder (Royal Holloway), and Prof. David Kohlstedt (University of Minnesota).

1. Define the source of Cu deposits from key localities across southern Ireland. Central to this is determining whether there is a genetic link between the well-known Cu deposits of SW Ireland and those of the southern sector of the Irish Midland Orefield.

2. Determine how pallasite meteorites material formed in the interior of small terrestrial planetesimals at the onset of the solar system. The study is a collaboration with Prof. Golabek (BGI Bayreuth) and (informally) with Dr. Nico Walte (BGI and DESY).

3. Define the Mo-porphyry mineralisation in the Connemara region (Ireland) in collaboration with Dr. William McCarthy (St. Andrew's University)

More Research Interests

Investigate the structure of hydrous granite melts and silicate-rich fluids using high energy XRD and  enlighten the local structure of metals in hydrous melts and silicate-rich fluids by mean of XAS. Dissolution and thermal reduction of metal oxides at sub- and supercritical conditions in water dominated solutions.

Bubble nucleation, growth, and coalescence in rhyolite and dacite magmas observed via in-situ experimentation with a Hydrothermal Diamond Anvil Cell. This study is a collaboration with Earth Sciences Department by University of Bristol (UK).

Study of partially molten systems, definition of the structure of volatile-bearing (e.g. H2O, CO2, S, etc.) silicate melts and high-solute-rich fluids and investigation of dissolution of mineral phases in sub- and super-critical fluid.

I currently co-supervise two projects funded by the Irish Centre for Applied Geosciences (iCRAG) and a project funded by the Geological Survey of Ireland (GSI) to understand the origin of Cu ore in SW Ireland and in the volcanic-sedimentary sequence of Waterford Copper Coast (link to Geopark).

Dr. of Sciences (ETH Zurich)

Petrology, Mineral resources, partially molten systems, silicate melts, hydrothermal fluids, copper ores, Pallasites.

Write to: dr.zolfo(at)gmail.com

September 2016: Lecturer @ Royal Holloway University (UK)

2015-2020: ERC Grant Reviewer

Giulio Solferino