Luigi Marini, geologist with a background in chemistry, has an activity record of 40 years in applied geochemistry, both in the industrial sector (first in the companies of the ENI Group Geotecneco and Aquater and later in the private companies Geotermica Italiana and Chemgeo), as well as in the teaching and research sector, both at the University of Genova and at the Institute of Geosciences and Georesources (IGG) of the National Research Council of Italy (CNR) in Pisa. Since 2012, he works only as private consultant in Applied Geochemistry.
He participated to several industrial projects aimed at the exploration and exploitation of geothermal resources and the mitigation of the volcanic hazard, both in Italy and abroad (Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, Costa Rica, Djibouti, Ecuador, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Honduras, Indonesia, Kenya, Malawi, Panamá, Saint Christopher and Nevis, Saint Vincent and Grenadine, Thailand, Turkey, Uganda, Tanzania), which were carried out for different International Organizations (e.g., United Nations, European Union, Latin-American Energy Organization, and Caribbean Community Secretariat), Italian Institutions and companies (e.g., Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of the Economic Development, CNR, ENEA, ENEL, Ferrovie dello Stato, ISMES, and Union Geotermica Italiana) and foreign Institutions, mining companies, and electrical companies.
The scientific activity of Luigi Marini has been mainly focussed on the following geochemical themes:
(i) origin and evolution of fluids in volcanic and geothermal areas, including crater lakes;
(ii) terrestrial CO2 flux and geological sequestration of CO2;
(iii) environmental geochemistry, including geochemical mapping and definition of geochemical baselines, acid mine drainage, characterization of water resources, etc.
He has been involved in several applied-research projects (funded by the European Union, the Italian Ministry of Instruction-University-Research, CNR, the Tuscany Region, etc.), often for the development of new geochemical methodologies, sometimes as scientific coordinator.
From 1995 to 2011 he gave several geological science courses, centered on applied geochemistry, at the Faculty of Mathematical, Physical, and Natural Sciences of the University of Genova.
He also gave series of invited lectures on the geochemical methods used in geothermal exploration at CNR, Pisa (Italy), at the Institut de Minéralogie et de Géochimie, University of Lausanne (Switzerland), at the Departamento di Geología, Universidad de Chile, Santiago (Chile), at the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad, San José (Costa Rica), at the Escuela Politécnica del Ejercito, Campus Politécnico di Sangolquí, Quito (Ecuador), and at the Centre for Hydrogeology and Geothermics, Université de Neuchâtel, Switzerland.
He has been either tutor or co-tutor of several Master and Ph.D Thesis at the Universities of Genova, Pisa, Turin, Milan, Cosenza, Palermo, and Lausanne (Switzerland).
He is co-author of several scientific publications, mostly on international scientific journals, and sole author of the book “Geological sequestration of carbon dioxide: Thermodynamics, kinetics, and reaction path modeling” published in 2006 by Elsevier in the series Developments in Geochemistry.
In addition to the mother language, Luigi Marini speaks and writes fluently English and Spanish.
Recently, he has participated to the MINSC European FP7 Marie Curie Initial Training Network, see http://www.see.leeds.ac.uk/minsc/index.htm and the CO2-react European FP7 Marie Curie Initial Training Network, see http://www.see.leeds.ac.uk/co2react/index.htm