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Roberto Braga

Associate Professor

Department of Biological, Geological, and Environmental Sciences

Academic discipline: GEO/07 Petrology and Petrography

Director of Second Cycle Degree in Teaching and Communication of Natural Sciences


Keywords: Petrography Metamorphic and igneous petrology Archeometry

My research aims to:

  1. Understand petrogenetic processes occurring in the Crust and the Upper Mantle. My research combines fieldwork, petrography, microscopy, spatially resolved microanalysis of major and trace elements in minerals, and phase diagram modeling of mantle and crustal rocks from pre-Alpine crystalline basements and basalt-hosted xenoliths.
  2. Describe and model metasomatic processes in upper mantle rocks. See this nice example; see another one.

I also enjoy applying a wide range of petrological techniques (optical and electronic microscopy; xrf, xrd) to study stones and ceramics in use in pre-Roman and Roman Italy.

Last but not least, my research is a collaborative effort carried on together with young researchers (gender balance: 75% female / 25% male).


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