Luigi Marini, geologist with a
background in chemistry, has an activity record of almost 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 as consultant in Applied Geochemistry only.
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;
CO2 flux and geological sequestration of CO2;
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
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
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
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
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
He is still involved in the CO2-react European FP7 Marie Curie Initial Training Network, see http://www.see.leeds.ac.uk/co2react/index.htm