Special Issue "Advances in Low-temperature Computational Mineralogy"


A special issue of Minerals (ISSN 2075-163X).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 December 2013)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Udo Becker
Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Michigan, 1100 North University Avenue, 2534 CC Little, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1005, USA
Website: http://www.lsa.umich.edu/earth/people/beckerudo_ci
E-Mail: ubecker@umich.edu

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The aim of this special issue is to show the breadth and underlying theory of computational methods in low-temperature and environmental applications, with focus on the mineral-liquid interface. The roles of atomistic methods in this field are manifold, from supporting and analyzing experimental methods, to complementing these, and to provide information on the structure, thermodynamics, reaction mechanisms and kinetics, and physical properties of interface features that would be difficult to obtain otherwise. Not only the evolution of computer power but also the development of the careful design of software and, maybe most importantly, of models that are a good representation of larger-scale phenomena have helped for this discipline becoming a more and more important part in understanding low-temperature processes in a fundamental way. This has led to developing models that have a sound physicochemical basis and are less black-box oriented. We hope that this issue will be helpful to the experienced modeler as well as for graduate students that are new to the field in gaining a broad understanding of the opportunities in this field.

Prof. Dr. Udo Becker
Guest Editor


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  • interface processes
  • adsorption and desorption of aqueous species
  • atomistic simulations
  • crystal growth and dissolution
  • redox processes
  • thermodynamics; kinetics; and reaction mechanisms of low-temperature processes

Published Papers (3 papers)

Minerals 2014, 4(2), 208-240; doi:10.3390/min4020208
Received: 24 December 2013; in revised form: 25 February 2014 / Accepted: 6 March 2014 / Published: 27 March 2014
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Minerals 2014, 4(1), 118-129; doi:10.3390/min4010118
Received: 26 January 2014; in revised form: 19 February 2014 / Accepted: 19 February 2014 / Published: 4 March 2014
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Minerals 2014, 4(1), 89-115; doi:10.3390/min4010089
Received: 13 December 2013; in revised form: 20 January 2014 / Accepted: 31 January 2014 / Published: 14 February 2014
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Last update: 12 July 2013

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