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‘Who knew my love for minerals would lead to this?’

July 5, 2023

Mercouri Kanatzidis, an inorganic chemist at Northwestern University, has received an unusual honor: a new mineral discovered in Hungary has been named after him, the International Mineralogical Society (IMA) announced recently. 

The mineral, a chalcogenide, is called kanatzidisite in recognition of Kanatzidis’ significant contributions to chalcogenide chemistry. The mineral was found in the Nagybörzsöny deposit at Alsó-Rózsa, Hungary, and now is in the collection of the Museo di Storia Naturale, Università di Firenze, Florence, Italy. Its chemical formula is (SbBiS3)2Te2.

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