The origin of the Department dates back to 1912, when Francisco Pardillo Vaquer wins the Chair of Crystallography and Mineralogy at the Faculty of Science, Universitat de Barcelona (UB), which was recently created. The year 2012 was the centenary of the Department.s.

The teaching activity of the Department is mainly focused on Geology (UB) and Geological Engineering Degrees, (in collaboration with the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya), and their respective Master Degrees. The Department also participates in the teaching of masters both with other departments of the UB (Teacher Training on Secondary School, Cultural Heritage Management) and with other universities and research centres (Energy Engineering (UB-UPC); Crystallography and Crystallization (UIMP-CSIC)).

Research in the Department is structured around three Consolidated Research Groups: Crystallography; Applied and Environmental Mineralogy; Mineral Resources: Ore Deposits, Applications and Sustainability. There is a diversity of research topics both in the field of basic and applied research: structural and crystallographic characterization of minerals and other industrial compounds (ceramics, cements, organic chemicals, pharmaceutical,...), applications within the field of energy and thermal protection, recycling and environmental conservation, characterization and exploration of mineral resources, cultural heritage preservation...




September 10th at La Masia del Campus de l’Alimentació de Torribera

 12-13h : Significance of crystallization for Functional Food Materials

13-14h : Crystallization of Fats in Chocolate Production

Speaker: Kiyotaka Sato

 Specialist in global crystallization of food. Emeritus Professor of the Faculty of Applied Biological Science, Hiroshima University, Japan.


SGA workshop on gold in the epithermal environment

The Barcelona SGA Student Chapter organises its third BCN SGA Student Chapter Workshop. This year, the activity will focus on Gold in the epithermal deposits.

5th Edition of the Environmental Isotopes Course

The “Mineralogia Aplicada i Medi Ambient” research group is organizing in Barcelona the fifth edition of the course


Dr. Ramón Aravena, University of Waterloo (Canada),

Dr. Daniel Hunkeler, Université de Neuchâtel (Switzerland), and

"Mineralogia Aplicada i Medi Ambient" research group, Universitat de Barcelona (Spain)


July 1st - July 5th, 2013

Pegmatites workshop video

In the link below you will find a video about the pegmatites workshop held last year in Barcelona organized by our faculty SGA Student Chapter:

Centenary of the Department video

You can view the video made to celebrate 100 years of the Chair of Crystallography and Mineralogy here.

Includes interviews with Manuel Labrador, Director, Department of Crystallography, Mineralogy and Mineral Deposits of the UB, and Salvador Gali, professor at the Department of Crystallography, Mineralogy and Mineral Deposits of the UB.

Atlas of the non silicate minerals in thin section

First volume of the "Atlas of the non silicate minerals in thin section" has been published. This is the most complete book of 404 minerals observed through the petrographic microscope. Authors are Joan Carles Melgarejo, from the University of Barcelona and Robert Martin, from the McGill University of Montreal. Both have been helped by several experts around the world.