Maarten A.T.M. Broekmans


Works with various aspects of applied mineralogy (eg. sample size & representativity, instrumental analysis), on industrial minerals, as well as cement, concrete and aggregates. Keen interest in teaching next generations that cell phones and tablets still do not grow on trees, thus defining a long-term future demand for sustainable mineral resources.

Session:  Applied Mineralogy – From Field to Breakfast Table

Mineralogy as part of ‘applied geology’ is essential for daily life in modern society, from spaceflight via smartphones and tablewares to building & construction. New technological developments create demand for new mineral resources (virgin or reused) and fast reliable assessment of mineral materials. In addition, society needs to become more aware that also every knife, fork, plate and cup once started as a mineral resource.