We propose the study of a series of rare Zr-Nb-Ti disilicates sampled in colonial age in African nephelinic syenites, partially characterized with incomplete optical or chemical data only, to fully define their true nature through a combined multidisciplinary approach.
The objectives of our research are:
- a valorization of the historical collections of MNHN
- a full characterization of several rare Zr-Nb-Ti disilicates, with a focus on the discovery of new mineral species
Our results will be of interest, besides geologists, also to applied research, given the relevance of rare Zr-Nb-Ti disilicates phases as sources for strategic metals.