"Clays" and
"Argilla Studium"
April 18-22, 2022 Moscow, IGEM RAS

Russian Clay Group (http://www.ruclay.com; http://www.argillas.ru) supported by the Commission on Clay Minerals (CCM) of the Russian Mineralogical Society (http://minsoc.ru), Institute of Geology of Ore Deposits, Petrography, Mineralogy, and Geochemistry (IGEM RAS, http://www.igem.ru), Nuclear Safety Institute of the Russian Academy of Science (IBRAE RAS, http://www.ibrae.ac.ru), the Institute of Precambrian Geology and Geochronology, RAS (IPGG RAS, http://www.ipgg.ru)

invite you to take part in two scientific events to be held from 18 to 22 of April 2022 in Moscow:



«Argilla Studium».

Dates: April 18-19/20, 2022

Venue: Moscow, Staromonetny per., 35, IGEM RAS

The working language – Russian and English.

The closing date of the Workshop may be changed depending on the confirmation of the speakers’ participation

Aims and objectives of the Workshop

The VII Russian Workshop on Clay Minerals «Argilla Studium» is focused on specialists working in the field of studying clays and clay minerals, as well as students, postgraduates, young scientists, and representatives of industrial organizations. The main tasks of the Schol, like all previous ones, are to create a favorable atmosphere of cooperation and exchange of experience between specialists from various scientific groups and manufacturing companies. All lectures, workshops and practical training are unique and original. The program of the Workshop will consist of lectures by leading Russian and foreign scientists in the study of the composition, structure and properties of clay minerals.

The program of the Workshop is being specified.

It is planned to include lectures on the use of modern methods for studying clay minerals, obtaining new data and interpretation, questions of quantitative analysis.

If you have any wishes or recommendations on the topics of potential lectures, the organizing committee accepts applications for consideration until July 01, 2021, and always reserves the right to make the final decision on the formation of the Workshop's program. After confirmation of the lecturers, the information will be posted on the Workshop's web-site – http://www.argillas.ru

Materials of previous Workshops are posted on our websites – www.argillas.ru and www.ruclay.com

Workshop program:
Lectures (the list is not complete and will be update)


B.A. Sakharov. Structural and phase inhomogeneity of kaolinite minerals
B.B. Zviagina. Relationships between structural and FTIR spectroscopic features of kaolin-group minerals
M. Szczerba, A. Derkowski and A. Kuligiewicz. Reynolds Cup competition - how to improve quantitative analysis of clay minerals bearing rocks?


Roundtable No. 1 on classification and identification of clay minerals
V.V. Krupskaya. Classification and identification of clay minerals by X-ray diffraction methods
O.V. Zakusina (Dorzhieva). Identification of clay minerals by infrared spectroscopy and thermal analysis (with the masterclass on the methods of sample preparation)
S.V. Zakusin. Questions of methodological approaches to solving quantitative analysis of clay materials, rocks and ores


Roundtable No. 2 on research methods of clay minerals
V.V. Krupskaya. On the consistency of methodological approaches in the study of clay materials and rocks
I.I. Tolpeshta. Influence of chemical treatments on the mineral composition and sorption properties of clay fraction of soils
T.S. Zaitseva. Methodology for the complex study of clay minerals by the example of globular and fine-grained phyllosilicates 
O.V. Zakusina (Dorzhieva). Solution of methodological issues for solving crystal chemical formulas of clay minerals
B.V. Pokidko. Method of sample preparation and calculation of the distribution of the charge density of smectites by the alkylammonium method



dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the birth of B.B. Zvyagin – CLAYS


Dates: April 20-22, 2022

Venue: Moscow, Staromonetny per., 35, IGEM RAS

The working language – Russian and English.


About the event

Clay and clay minerals are widespread in nature and are often used as indicators of the evolution of various geological and technological processes. Materials based on them are widely used in industry and national economy form pharmaceuticals to the nuclear industry and oil and gas industry. The relevance of the study of clay minerals and layered materials is connected with the unique properties of these nanomaterials, the economy needs in the development of new clay deposits, improving the efficiency of oilfield operations, the needs of geology, geoecology, soil science, geography, etc.

Throughout the V Russian Conference on clays and clay materials «CLAYS» following issues will be covered: crystal chemistry of clay minerals, methods of their identification, physico-chemical, water-physical, and other properties of clays, the behavior of clay minerals during weathering, redeposition and transformation into the course of geological processes, aspects of the use of clay minerals in industry, oil and gas and nuclear industries, etc.

The conference program:


M.A. Rudmin. Glauconite is a promising mineral for agriculture

Alexandre Dauzères. Contribution to the understanding of the physico-chemical interactions in the engineered barrier system of radioactive wastes disposal

The list of the plenary speakers is being specified.

(The list of plenary speakers will be updated, follow the news on our website www.argillas.ru)

Section С1. Crystal chemistry of clay minerals, modern diagnostic, and research methods.

During the work section C1, it is planned to consider various issues of the structure of clay minerals, as well as modern methods of  methodological approaches for their diagnosis.

Section С2. Mineralogy and Geochemistry. Clay geology. Genesis and synthesis.

Section C2 includes a wide range of issues related to the use of clay minerals for identifying the genesis of rocks, facies analysis, description of new finds of clay minerals in various geological conditions, peculiarities of the conditions of clay minerals formation and transformation, as well as artificial synthesis and modification of the structure for use in different industries. The issues concerning the composition and structure of clay minerals for the petroleum and gas industry will be considered separately.

Section С3. Physical, chemical, colloidal, mechanical, etc. properties; practical application in industry, agriculture, medicine, archeology, art; solving problems of environmental pollution, etc.

During the section C3, it is planned to discuss the formation of various properties of clay minerals, the effect of the structure of individual minerals on properties, the transformation of the properties of clay minerals during the modification, as well as the use of the specific properties of different groups of clay minerals in various industries and the national economy, environmental aspects of using clay minerals or knowledge about them, etc.


Section С4. Clay minerals in weathering crusts, soils and fossil soils, organic-clay interactions.

Clay minerals are very sensitive to environmental changes, and in this section work it is planned to discuss the conditions for the formation and transformation of clay minerals during the weathering of various rocks, the conditions of their formation and changes in soils and fossil soils, and also to pay attention to the interaction of clay minerals with organic soil and rock. components.

Section С5. Clays and clay minerals as sorbents and insulting safety barriers in the disposal of toxic waste.

In connection with the growing needs of various industries and the national economy for new sorbents and insulating materials, there is an increasing demand in understanding of the processes that occur during the interaction of clay and highly toxic waste, including radioactive waste. In the work of the section, it is planned to consider the issues of sorption and desorption of technogenic components, analysis of the insulating properties of clay and clay materials.



Special section dedicated to the memory of B.B. Zvyagin

Boris Borisovich Zvyagin (1921-2002) made a great contribution to the development of scientific ideas about the crystal chemistry of minerals and, in particular, crystallochemical structure of clay minerals, his works are recognized all over the world, and still, many of his discoveries and achievements remain relevant and modern. Within the framework of the special section, it is panned not only to consider the scientific works of B.B. Zvyagin, but also to remember his life and personal path. If you have something to tell about this wonderful scientist and person, write to the Organization Committee.

Laureate of the Prize of the Presidium of the USSR Academy of Science in crystallography named after E.S. Fedorova (1986) and the highest award of the Clay Mineral Society of the USA (2000).

He is one of the founders of the electron diffraction method and its application in structural crystallography. His name is associated with formation and development of the electron diffraction method for the study of layered minerals.



Registration and acceptance of abstracts for the Meeting – until March 15, 2022.

Information about the acceptance of abstracts will be sent to the participants – until March 30, 2022.

Formation of the final program of both events – until March 30, 2022.


REGISTRATION FEE is not charged.


Workshop (only in the form of poster presentations). The design rules are published on the web resource: www.argillas.ru.

Based on the materials of the Workshop and the Meeting, an electronic version of the collection of abstracts will be prepared.


The mode of holding both events is intramural, with the possibility of online participation, extramural (publication of abstracts).


Organizing Committee

Chairpersons of Organizing Committee

Victoria Krupskaya, IGEM RAS, Ph.D., senior scientist, chairlady of the Russian Clay Group, chairlady of the Committee on Clay Minerals of the Russian Mineralogical Society, member of the committees at The Clay Minerals Society and the International Association for the study of clays (AIPEA).


Boris Sakharov, GIN RAS, Ph.D., leading researcher


Vice-chairpersons of Organizing Committee

Zaitseva Tatyana, IGGD RAS, Ph.D., senior researcher, deputy director, St. Petersburg, Russia

Olga Zakusina (Dorzhieva), IGEM RAS, junior researcher, Moscow, Russia


Organizing Committee

Petr Belousov, Ph.D., S. Researcher, IGEM RAS, Russia

Sergei Zakusin, IGEM RAS, junior researcher, Moscow, Russia

Ivan Morozov, IGEM RAS, junior researcher, Moscow, Russia

Andrey Kalinichev, Subatech Laboratory, PhD, Professor, Poitiers, France

Elena Kovalchuk, junior researcher, IGEM RAS

Program Committee

Belousov, Petr, IGEM RAS, Ph.D., Moscow, Russia

Drits, Viktor, GIN RAS, Doctor of Geology and Mathematics, Leading Scientist, Moscow, Russia

Ivanovskaya, Tatyana, GIN RAS, Ph.D., senior researcher, Moscow, Russia

Kalinichev, Andrey, Subatech Laboratory, Ph.D., Poitiers, France

Novikova, Lyudmila, Voronezh State University, Voronezh, Ph.D., Russia

Shaldybin, Mikhail, TomskNIPIneft, D.Sc., Tomsk, Russia

Sitdikova, Lyalya, K (P) FGU, Ph.D., Kazan, Russia

Tolpeshta, Inna, Moscow State University M.V. Lomonosov, Doctor of Biological Sciences, Moscow, Russia

Tyupina, Ekaterina, Russian Chemical Technical University named after DI. Mendeleeva, Ph.D., Moscow, Russia

Utkin, Sergei, IBRAE RAS, Doctor of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, Head dep., Moscow, Russia

Voznesensky, Evgeny, IGE RAS, Doctor of Geology and Mathematics, Moscow, Russia

Zaitseva, Tatyana, IGGD RAS, Ph.D., senior researcher, St. Petersburg, Russia

Zvyagina, Bella, GIN RAS, Ph.D., senior researcher, Moscow, Russia

Contacts for communication: Victoria Valerievna Krupskaya, krupskaya@ruclay.com, +7‑926-819-63-98; +7-499-230-82-96; Olga Valerievna Dorzhieva (IGEM RAS), Petr Evgenievich Belousov (IGEM RAS), secretary@ruclay.com; info@ruclay.com.

Venue: Moscow, Staromonetny per., 35, IGEM RAS

Information and registration of participants will be available on the web resources: www.ruclay.com, www.argillas.ru, www.igem.ru