Department of Mineralogy and Crystallography
Faculty of Geosciences, Geography and Astronomy
University of Vienna

Althanstr. 14 (UZA 2), A-1090 Wien

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Anton Beran

Anton Beran, Ao. Univ.-Prof. Dr. (i.R.)

Room number 2B 372
Tel.: (+431) 4277 53253

Date of birth 1.3.1944 in Vienna, Austria
  Education 1963, Final examination
    1963, Studies in mineralogy, petrology and geology, University of Vienna
    1970, Graduation Dr.phil
  Experience 1970, University Assistant at the Institut für Mineralogie und Kristallographie, University Vienna

1980, Lectureship in mineralogy

    1987, Associate Professor
    1988, Fulbright Scholarship, Caltech, Pasadena
    2009, retired
  Awards 1996, Fellow Mineral. Soc. Amer.
    1999, Correspondent Geol. Survey Austria
  Responsibilities 1986-1990, President Austrian Mineral. Soc.
    1983-1988, Editor "Mitt. Österr. Miner. Ges."
    2004-2015, Editorial board "N. Jb. Mineral."
    2000-2004, Co-ordinator Marie Curie Training Site
    2005 Editorial board "Mineral. & Petrol."
  Professional affiliation Austrian Mineral. Soc., Austrian Gemmological Soc., Austrian Geol. Soc., German Mineral. Soc., Soc. Geol. Applied Min. Dep. (SGA), Mineral. Soc. America

Principal research interests:

  • IR spectroscopic investigation of trace hydrogen in minerals and inorganic materials
  • IR spectroscopic characterisation of mullite-type compounds and their precursor phases (studies of advanced ceramics)
  • Mineralogical studies of raw materials on the basis of analytical methods (mineralogy of ore deposits)
  • Optical properties of opaque mineral phases (reflected-light microscopy)
  • Gemmological investigations (synthesis, treatment)

Selected publications

Redhammer GJ, Beran A, Schneider J, Amthauer G, Lottermoser W: Spectroscopic and structural properties of synthetic micas on the annite-siderophyllite binary: Synthesis, crystal structure refinement, Mössbauer, and infrared spectroscopy. American Mineralogist 85 (2000), 449-465

Maldener J, Rauch F, Gavranic M, Beran A: OH absorption coefficients of rutile and cassiterite deduced from nuclear reaction analyses and FTIR spectroscopy. Mineralogy and Petrology 71 (2001), 21-29

Voll D, Lengauer C, Beran A, Schneider H: Infrared band assignment and structural refinement of Al-Si, Al-Ge, and Ga-Ge mullites. European Journal of Mineralogy 13 (2001), 591-604

Beran A, Voll D, Schneider H: Dehydration and structural development of mullite precursors: an FTIR spectroscopic study. Journal of the European Ceramic Society 21 (2001), 2479-2485

Nasdala L, Beran A, Libowitzky E, Wolf D: The incorporation of hydroxyl groups and molecular water in natural zircon (ZrSiO4). American Journal of Science 301 (2001), 831-857

Voll D, Beran A: Dehydration process and structural development of cordierite ceramic precursors derived from FTIR spectroscopic investigations. Physics and Chemistry of Minerals 29 (2002), 545-551

Voll D, Angerer P, Beran A, Schneider H: A new assignment of IR vibrational modes in mullite. Vibrational Spectroscopy 30 (2002), 237-243

Andrut M, Wildner M Beran M: The crystal chemistry of birefringent natural uvarovites. Part IV. OH defect incorporation mechanisms in non-cubic garnet derived from polarized IR spectroscopy. European Journal of Mineralogy 14 (2002), 1019-1026

Beran A, Libowitzky E: IR Spectroscopic Characterization of OH Defects in Mineral Phases. Phase Transitions 76 (2003), 1-15

Andrut M, Brandstätter F, Beran A: Trace hydrogen zoning in diopside. Mineralogy and Petrology 78 (2003), 231-241

Losos Z, Beran A: OH defects in cassiterite. Mineralogy and Petrology 81 (2004), 219-234

Balassone, G; Beran, A; Fameli, G; Amalfitano, C; Petti, C: The hydrous component in leucite from Somma-Vesuvius and Roccamonfina volcanoes (southern Italy) - a FTIR spectroscopic investigation. Neues Jahrbuch für Mineralogie, Abhandlungen 182 (2006), 149-156

Beran, A; Rossman, GR: OH in naturally occurring corundum. European Journal of Mineralogy 18 (2006), 441-447

Filip, J; Novak, M; Beran, A; Zboril, R: Crystal chemistry and OH defect concentrations in spodumene from different granitic pegmatites. Physics and Chemistry of Minerals 32 (2006), 733-746

Voll, D; Beran, A; Schneider, H: Variation of infrared absorption spectra in the system Bi2Al4-xFexO9 (x = 0-4), structurally related to mullite. Physics and Chemistry of Minerals 33 (2006), 623-628

Wieczorek, A; Libowitzky, E; Beran, A: A model for the OH defect incorporation in kyanite based on polarised IR spectroscopic investigations. Schweizerische Mineralogische und Petrographische Mitteilungen 84 (2006), 333-343

Andrut, M; Wildner, M; Ingrin, J; Beran, A: Mechanisms of OH defect incorporation in naturally occurring, hydrothermally formed diopside and jadeite. Physics and Chemistry of Minerals 34 (2007), 543-549

Kharbish, S; Beran, A; Götzinger, M: Compositional variations of fahlore group minerals from Austria. Austrian Journal of Earth Sciences (Mitteilungen der Österreichischen Geologischen Gesellschaft) 100 (2007), 44-52

Kharbish, S; Götzinger, M; Beran, A: Schendleck-type fahlore: an unusual, strongly varying tetrahedrite-tennantite solid solution. Mitteilungen der Österreichischen Mineralogischen Gesellschaft 153 (2007), 283-290

Kharbish, S; Libowitzky, E; Beran, A: The effect of As-Sb substitution in the Raman spectra of tetrahedrite-tennantite and pyrargyrite-proustite solid solutions. European Journal of Mineralogy 19 (2007), 567-574

Zhang, M; Salje, EKH; Carpenter, MA; Wang, JY; Groat, L; Lager, GA; Wang, L; Beran, A; Bismayer, U: Temperature dependence of IR absorption of hydrous/hydroxyl species in minerals and synthetic materials. American Mineralogist 92 (2007), 1502-1517

Beran, A; Chawla, KK; Kriven, WM; Schmuecker, M; Schneider, H: Hartmut Schneider: An appreciation. Journal of the European Ceramic Society 28 (2008), 327-328

Beran, A; Libowitzky, E; Burianek, M; Mühlberg, M; Pecharromán, C; Schneider, H: Infrared and Raman spectroscopy of mullite-type Bi2Ga4O9. Crystal Research and Technology 43 (2008), 1230-1239

Griesser, KJ; Beran, A; Voll, D; Schneider, H: Boron incorporation into mullite. Mineralogy and Petrology 92 (2008), 309-320

Furuhashi, T; Schwarzinger, C; Miksik, I; Smrz, M; Beran, A: Molluscan shell evolution with review of shell calcification hypothesis. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology B-Biochemistry & Molecular Biology 154, (3) (2009), 351-371

Furuhshi, T; Beran, A; Blazso, M; Czegeny, Z; Schwarzinger, C; Steiner, G: Pyrolysis GC/MS and IR Spectroscopy in Chitin Analysis of Molluscan Shells. Bioscience Biotechnology and Biochemistry 73, (1) (2009), 93-103

Gose, J; Schmädicke, E; Beran, A: Water in enstatite from Mid-Atlantic Ridge peridotite: evidence for the water content of suboceanic mantle?. Geology 37, (6) (2009), 543-546

Kharbish, S; Libowitzky, E; Beran, A: Raman spectra of isolated and interconnected pyramidal XS3 groups (X = Sb,Bi) in stibnite, bismuthinite, kermesite, stephanite and bournonite. European Journal of Mineralogy 21 (2009), 325-333

Nestola, F; Guastoni, A; Camara, F; Secco, L; Dal Negro, A; Pedron, D; Beran, A: Aluminocerite-Ce: a new species from Baveno, Italy: description and crystal-structure determination. American Mineralogist 94 (2009), 487-493

Beran, A; Talla, D; Losos, Z; Pinkas, J: Traces of structural H2O molecules in baryte. Physics and Chemistry of Minerals 37 (2010), 159-166

Gose, J; Schmädicke, E; Markowitz, M; Beran, A: OH point defects in olivine from Pakistan. Mineralogy and Petrology 99 (2010), 105-111

Kharbish, S; Giester, G; Beran, A: Contribution to the crystal structures of tennantite and bournonite. Neues Jahrbuch für Mineralogie, Abhandlungen 187 (2010), 159-166

Balassone, G; Talla, D; Beran, A; Mormone, A; Altomare, A; Moliterni, A; Mondillo, N; Saviano,M; Petti, C: Vesuvianite from Somma-Vesuvius volcano (southern Italy): chemical, X-ray diffraction and single-crystal polarized FTIR investigations. Periodico di Mineralogia 80 (2011), 369-384

Talla, D; Beran, A; Skoda, R; Losos, Z: On the presence of OH defects in the zircon-type phosphate mineral xenotime, (Y,REE)PO4. American Mineralogist 96 (2011), 1799-1808

Libowitzky, E; Beran, A; Wieczorek, AK; Wirth, R: On the presence of a hydrous component in a gemstone variety of intermediate olivine-type triphylite-lithiophilite, Li(Fe,Mn)PO4. Mineralogy and Petrology 105 (2012), 31-39

Wildner, M; Beran, A; Koller, F: Spectroscopic characterisation and crystal field calculations of varicoloured kyanites from Loliondo, Tanzania. Mineralogy and Petrology 107 (2013), 289-310

Beran, A: Die IR Spektroskopie als Untersuchungsmethode in der Gemmologie. Gemmo News 36 (2013), 17-22

Talla, D, Beran, A, Skoda, R, Losos, Z: Polarized FTIR spectroscopic examination on hydroxylation in the minerals of the wolframite group, (Fe,Mn,Mg)[W,(Nb,Ta)][O,(OH)]4. American Mineralogist 102 (2017), 867-875

Die Mineralogie der Granat-Korund-Paragenese von Lölling, Saualpe, Kärnten. Mitteilungen der Österreichischen Mineralogischen Gesellschaft 163 (2017), 183-204

Beran A: Contribution of IR spectroscopy to the problem of water in the Earth's mantle. In: K Wright and R Catlow (eds), Microscopic Properties and Processes in Minerals. NATO Science Series. Dordrecht-Boston-London: Kluwer Acad Publishers (1999), 523-538

Beran A: Infrarot-Spektroskopie (IRS). In: G Amthauer und M K Pavicecic (eds), Physikalisch-chemische Untersuchungsmethoden in den Geowissenschaften, Band 2. Stuttgart: E Schweizerbart'sche Verlagsbuchhandlung (2001), 60-67

Beran A: Infrared spectroscopy of micas. In: A Mottana, FP Sassi, JB Thompson Jr., S Guggenheim (eds), Micas: Crystal Chemistry and Metamorphic Petrology. Reviews in Mineralogy & Geochemistry 46, Miner. Soc. Amer. (2002), 351-369

Libowitzky E, Beran A: IR spectroscopic characterisation of hydrous species in minerals, In: A Beran, E Libowitzky (eds), EMU Notes in Mineralogy, Vol. 6, Chapter 6, Budapest: Eötvös Univ Press (2004), 227-279

Beran A, Voll D, Schneider H: IR spectroscopy as a tool for the characterisation of ceramic precursor phases. In: Beran, A, Libowitzky, E (eds), EMU Notes in Mineralogy, Vol. 6, Chapter 5, Budapest: Eötvös Univ Press (2004), 189-226

Beran, A, Libowitzky, E: Water in natural mantle minerals II: Olivine, garnet and accessory minerals. In: Kepler, H, Smyth, JR (eds), Water in Nominally Anhydrous Minerals. Reviews in Mineralogy and Geochemistry 62, Miner. Soc. Amer. (2006), 169-191

Libowitzky, E, Beran, A: The structure of hydrous species in nominally anhydrous minerals: Information from polarized IR spectroscopy. In: Kepler, H, Smyth, JR (eds), Water in Nominally Anhydrous Minerals. Reviews in Mineralogy and Geochemistry 62, Miner. Soc. Amer. (2006), 29-52