Special Issue "Carbonates"

A special issue of Crystals (ISSN 2073-4352). This special issue belongs to the section "Crystal Engineering".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2017

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Linda Pastero

Department of Earth Sciences, Interdepartmental Centre “Nanostructured Interfaces and Surfaces-NIS”, University of Torino, Italy
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Interests: crystal growth; epitaxy; surface; interface; calcite; gypsum; apatite; zeolite

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Even though the study of the minerals belonging to the group of carbonates is a longstanding and sound out topic, its relevance remains unchanged, due to the countless implications for a wide range of disciplines, from mineralogy and geology to biology, medicine, and industry. Moreover, the study of the interactions between carbonates and other minerals, such as phosphates, or between carbonates and organics, may disclose new opportunities for understanding the mechanisms involved in natural phenomena, such as biomineralization.

The goal of this Special Issue on “Carbonates” is to provide a comprehensive overview about both the state-of-the-art and recent advances in crystal growth and characterization of carbonate phases, pointing out the mechanisms of growth, the interactions among phases, and the applications.

Scientists working in a wide range of disciplines are invited to contribute to this Special Issue.

The topics may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Natural and synthetic carbonates
  • Crystal growth of carbonates
  • Epitaxial relationships
  • Twinning
  • Bioinspired/biomimetic materials
  • Inorganic/organic self-organized materials (nacreous-like materials)
  • Inorganic complex systems (such as carbonate/phosphate for example)
  • Applications

Dr. Linda Pastero
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Crystals is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1000 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • carbonates
  • crystal growth
  • epitaxy
  • self-organized materials
  • bio-mineralogy
  • bio-inspired materials
  • bio-mimetic materials
  • environmental mineralogy

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.

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