Dr. Juergen Schnellrath (right) and Wolf Kuehn sitting next to the immersion-scope set up during FIPP 2010 in Teofolio Otoni, Minas Gerais

Dr. Juergen Schnellrath is a researcher and director of the Laboratorio de Gemologia at CETEM, Centro de Technologia Mineral in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The Center of Mineral Technology - CETEM - is a national research institute linked to the Ministry of Science and Technology - MCT. Since its creation, in 1978, it has been involved with technological development in mineral technology. Currently, research activities are conducted in almost all of the Federation states, above all the states of Pará, Bahia, Piauí, Ceará, Santa Catarina, Minas Gerais, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo.

Juergen received his PhD from the Institute of Mineralogy at Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany under Prof. Dr. Pense. He is also a Fellow of the German Gemmological Association (F.G.G.). See his Curriculum.

His most recent research was about Characterization of Precious Opals from Morro da mina (in Portuguese, pop-up window appears) and Blue Opals, False and Others (in Portuguese, pop-up window appears).

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