Mark Raven and Peter Self of the Mineralogical and Geochemical Services group at CSIRO Land and Water, Adelaide, SA have won the international 2010 5th Reynolds Cup.
Using the Sietronics software Siroquant, a package used for the quantification of crystalline compounds, they beat 62 other international teams to claim the title.
The Reynolds Cup is run by The Clay Minerals Society, an organisation devoted to the study of clay and clay materials. It produces the Geoscience World magazine, which includes research articles in such disciplines as mineralogy, petrology and geochemistry.
The 2010 Cup is claimed to be the largest international competition ever held, with 76 sets of samples sent out to participants from 22 different countries to quantify. Only 63 participants were able to return results.
Managing Director of Sietronics, Mr Luis Thé, said the company was delighted to congratulate Mr Raven and Dr Self on the award and pleased to see Siroquant software acknowledged in their published summary of achieved outcomes.