Special Issue "Mineralogy of Natural Graphite"

A special issue of Minerals (ISSN 2075-163X). This special issue belongs to the section "Crystallography and Physical Chemistry of Minerals".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 December 2018

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. John A. Jaszczak

Department of Physics and the A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, Michigan Technological University, Houghton MI 49931, USA
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Interests: theoretical condensed matter physics; theory and modeling of single-electron transport devices; modeling and simulation of properties of interfaces and interface materials; atomistic computational physics of surface phases and surface dynamics; crystal growth; mineralogy of natural graphite

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The science of carbon is both old and vast, yet the study of carbon materials seems to be ever expanding, due in part to the discoveries of fullerenes, carbon nanotubes, and graphene. Studies of the importance of carbon in the Earth is the focus of the Deep Carbon Observatory (deeparbon.net) international research program. Composed solely of carbon, natural graphite forms in a wide variety of geological and even extraterrestrial environments, and in parallel with synthetic graphite, it also occurs in a wide assortment of morphologies, including not only tabular hexagonal crystals but also cones, spheres, pyramids, and even tubes. Although graphite has been used and studied for centuries, new studies continue to reveal surprises in regard to occurrences, morphologies, properties and applications. For this Special Issue we invite authors to submit original research spanning topics among all areas of the mineralogy of natural graphite. Topics of particular interest may include studies new or unusual graphite occurrences, morphological and structural studies of graphite crystals or aggregates, graphite nucleation and growth, microtopography of graphite surfaces due to growth or etching mechanisms, carbon isotope geochemistry of graphite, origin of large- or small-scale graphite deposits, role graphite in precious metal and gemstone deposits, extraterrestrial graphite, etc.

Prof. Dr. John A. Jaszczak
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. Minerals 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 1200 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.


  • natural graphite
  • mineralogy
  • crystal morphology
  • crystal nucleation and growth
  • graphite geochemistry
  • carbon isotopes

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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