Special Issues

Minerals runs special issues to create collections of papers on specific topics. The aim is to build a community of authors and readers to discuss the latest research and develop new ideas and research directions. Special Issues are led by Guest Editors who are experts in the subject and oversee the editorial process for papers. Papers published in a Special Issue will be collected together on a dedicated page of the journal website. For any inquiries related to a Special Issue, please contact the Editorial Office.

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Composition, Geochronology and Geodynamic Implications of Igneous Rock
edited by and Andrei Tsygankov
submission deadline 1 Jul 2022 | 5 articles | Viewed by 2673
Keywords: igneous rocks; geochemistry; Nd– Sr– Hf Isotopic data; U– Pb and Ar– Ar geochronology; geodynamic settings
(This special issue belongs to the Section Mineral Geochemistry and Geochronology)
Advances in Low-Temperature Mineralogy and Geochemistry submission deadline 10 Jul 2022 | 5 articles | Viewed by 4468
Keywords: weathering; diagenesis; very-low grade metamorphism; hydrothermal systems; mineral– water and thermo– baric reactions; trace recycled elements; light; stable; and radiogenic isotope geochemistry
(This special issue belongs to the Section Mineral Geochemistry and Geochronology)
Solid-Filling Technology in Coal Mining
edited by Yanli Huang and Junmeng Li
submission deadline 15 Jul 2022 | 5 articles | Viewed by 3101
Keywords: functional materials; mechanical strength; rheological property; damage mechanism; hydration mechanism
(This special issue belongs to the Section Mineral Processing and Extractive Metallurgy)
Ocean Worlds Mineralogy submission deadline 15 Jul 2022 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1074
Keywords: ocean worlds; mineralogy; composition; planetary surfaces; dwarf planets; icy bodies; prebiotic chemistry
(This special issue belongs to the Section Environmental Mineralogy and Biogeochemistry)
Genesis and Metallogeny of Non-ferrous and Precious Metal Deposits
edited by Yunsheng Ren and Qun Yang
submission deadline 15 Jul 2022 | Viewed by 314
Keywords: new advances in metallogeny; regional metallogeny; geochronology; geochemistry; non-ferrous and precious metal deposits
(This special issue belongs to the Section Mineral Deposits)
Environment and Geochemistry of Sediments submission deadline 15 Jul 2022 | 2 articles | Viewed by 2086
Keywords: geochemistry; sediments; paleoclimate; pollution; paleoenvironment; geochronology; isotopes; geoecology; anthropogenic activity
(This special issue belongs to the Section Mineral Geochemistry and Geochronology)
Interaction between Microorganisms and Metals in Extreme Environments submission deadline 15 Jul 2022 | Viewed by 237
Keywords: extreme environments; extremophiles; metals; bioaccumulation; biotransformation; biomineralisation; bioavailability; minerals; geomicrobiology
(This special issue belongs to the Section Biomineralization and Biominerals)
Neutron and Photon Activation Analyses and Their Application in Geological and Geochemical Research
edited by Jiří Mizera
submission deadline 15 Jul 2022 | 3 articles | Viewed by 2582
Keywords: INAA; IPAA; RNAA; PGAA; geochemical analysis; multielement analysis; major and trace element analysis; ultratrace analysis; nondestructive analysis; bulk sample analysis; in situ exploration; borehole activation analysis; comparator method; CCQM primary ratio method; self-validating potential
(This special issue belongs to the Section Mineral Geochemistry and Geochronology)
The Crystal Chemistry and Mineralogy of Critical Metals submission deadline 20 Jul 2022 | Viewed by 251
Keywords: critical metals; rare metals; rare earth elements; rare disperse elements; platinum group elements; crystal chemistry; mineralogy; crystal growth; mineral deposits; advanced materials
(This special issue belongs to the Section Crystallography and Physical Chemistry of Minerals & Nanominerals)
Minerals of Alkaline Igneous Rocks: Chemical and Isotopic Features as Tracers of Magmatic Processes submission deadline 20 Jul 2022 | 5 articles | Viewed by 4495
Keywords: Alkaline igneous rocks; P– T– fO2 conditions; Geothermobarometry; Radiogenic and stable isotopes; Diffusion chronometry; Timescales of magmatic processes
(This special issue belongs to the Section Mineral Geochemistry and Geochronology)
Advanced Technologies in Quantitative Mineralogy and Elemental Mapping
edited by , Marc Constantin and Christophe Germay
submission deadline 22 Jul 2022 | Viewed by 180
Keywords: rock imaging; hyperspectral imaging; LIBS; LA-ICP-MS; SWIR; LWIR; NIR; XRF; quantitative automated mineralogy; multielemental assays; core logging
Advances of X-ray Fluorescence Spectroscopy Applications in Archaeology, Art and Cultural Heritage submission deadline 25 Jul 2022 | Viewed by 394
Keywords: archaeometry; works of art; cultural heritage; X-ray fluorescence material characterization
(This special issue belongs to the Section Crystallography and Physical Chemistry of Minerals & Nanominerals)
Frontier of the K–Ar (40Ar/39Ar) Geochronology submission deadline 27 Jul 2022 | 2 articles | Viewed by 1794
Keywords: K– Ar (40Ar/39Ar) geochronology; Excess argon and wave; Argon release by deformation; Exhumation of metamorphic units; Argon behavior in nature; Accurate and reliable dating
(This special issue belongs to the Section Mineral Geochemistry and Geochronology)
Petrogenesis and Geochemistry in Alkaline Ultramafic Rocks, Volume II submission deadline 29 Jul 2022 | Viewed by 103
Keywords: ultramafic rocks; alkaline rocks; mantle xenolith; melt– rock interaction; geochemistry; crystal fractionation
(This special issue belongs to the Section Mineral Geochemistry and Geochronology)
Mineral Deposits of Critical Elements, Volume II
edited by Joan Carles Melgarejo Draper
submission deadline 29 Jul 2022 | 1 articles | Viewed by 337
Keywords: ore deposits; critical elements; critical raw materials; model; mineralogy; mineral characterization; mineral assemblage; fluid inclusions; isotopes; geochemistry; Nb; Ta; Li; Be; Ga; In; Ge; W; Sb; REE; Co; PGE
(This special issue belongs to the Section Mineral Geochemistry and Geochronology)
Metal Distribution and Mobility in Mine Area
edited by , and Sergio Carrero
submission deadline 29 Jul 2022 | 2 articles | Viewed by 1063
Keywords: mine wastes; ore minerals; critical raw materials; acid mine drainage; mine water treatment systems; metals in river and marine environments
(This special issue belongs to the Section Environmental Mineralogy and Biogeochemistry)
Contributions to Garnet Chemistry, Evolution and Age
edited by
submission deadline 30 Jul 2022 | Viewed by 361
Keywords: garnet; compositional profile; inclusions; geochronology; thermodynamic modelling; petrogenesis
(This special issue belongs to the Section Mineral Geochemistry and Geochronology)
Research on Ikaite—Natural Occurrences and Synthetic Mineral Precipitation
edited by and Juan Diego Rodríguez-Blanco
submission deadline 31 Jul 2022 | Viewed by 315
Keywords: natural occurrences of ikaite worldwide; synthetic ikaite mineral precipitation; (bio-)geochemical controls on ikaite formation; parameters favouring metastable minerals; hydrated and amorphous calcium carbonates; ikaite as a cold-climate paleo indicator
(This special issue belongs to the Section Crystallography and Physical Chemistry of Minerals & Nanominerals)
Advanced Technologies in Coal Flotation and Utilization of Coal Solid Waste Resources
edited by Xiahui Gui
submission deadline 31 Jul 2022 | 2 articles | Viewed by 895
Keywords: flotation; flotation reagent; flotation chemistry; environment; recycling; interface regulation; fluid intensification; resource utilization of solid wastes.
(This special issue belongs to the Section Mineral Processing and Extractive Metallurgy)
Biohydrometallurgical Technologies and Geomicrobiology of Mining Areas submission deadline 31 Jul 2022 | Viewed by 493
Keywords: biohydrometallurgy; metal extraction; acidophilic microorganisms; sulfide ores and concentrates; non-sulfide ore bioleaching; Fe and S biogeochemical cycles; environmental impact of sulfide mineral weathering; biomining
(This special issue belongs to the Section Mineral Processing and Extractive Metallurgy)
Multi-Proxy Isotope Signature of Dolomites
edited by , Claire Rollion-Bard and
submission deadline 31 Jul 2022 | Viewed by 443
Keywords: stable isotopes (C; O; Ca; Mg; B; Sr; S; etc.); clumped isotopes; radiogenic isotopes (87Sr/86Sr); primary dolomite; secondary dolomite; diagenesis
(This special issue belongs to the Section Mineral Geochemistry and Geochronology)
Blended Cements Incorporating Calcined Clay and Limestone
edited by
submission deadline 31 Jul 2022 | 2 articles | Viewed by 2497
Keywords: calcined clays; limestone; carboaluminate; hydration; microstructure; strength; durability; sulfate balance; grinding; workability; admixtures; reactivity; calcination; kaolinite; illite; montmorillonite; dehydroxylation
(This special issue belongs to the Section Clays and Engineered Mineral Materials)
Biomineralization of Calcium Carbonates and Calcium Phosphates in Inorganic Environment submission deadline 31 Jul 2022 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1223
Keywords: calcium carbonate; calcium phosphate; biomineralization; bio-inspired materials; crystallization
(This special issue belongs to the Section Crystallography and Physical Chemistry of Minerals & Nanominerals)
Progress of Reagents in Minerals Flotation
edited by , , Cheng Liu and
submission deadline 31 Jul 2022 | 6 articles | Viewed by 3901
Keywords: froth flotation; surfactant; depressant; flocculant; green chemicals; bioreagent; adsoprtion; surface science; solution chemistry; modelling and simulation
(This special issue belongs to the Section Mineral Processing and Extractive Metallurgy)
3D/4D Geological Modeling for Mineral Exploration
edited by Gongwen Wang, Lizhen Cheng, Nan Li and Weisheng Hou
submission deadline 31 Jul 2022 | 3 articles | Viewed by 2102
Keywords: 3D/4D geological modeling; 3D/4D simulation; data mining; knowledge discovery; artificial intelligence; uncertainty analysis; metallogenic systems and mineral systems; mineral resource assessment; deep 3D targeting; big data of geosciences
(This special issue belongs to the Section Mineral Exploration Methods and Applications)
Recovery of Rare Earth Elements Minerals submission deadline 31 Jul 2022 | 3 articles | Viewed by 2522
Keywords: complex ores; leaching; rare earth elements; mineral processing; flotation; magnetic separation; gravity separation; ion adsorption clay; secondary resources
(This special issue belongs to the Section Mineral Processing and Extractive Metallurgy)
Recent Studies on the Origin of Magmatic and Hydrothermal Sulfide Economic Mineral Deposits
edited by Joyashish Thakurta and Ben-Xun Su
submission deadline 31 Jul 2022 | 2 articles | Viewed by 1523
Keywords: magmatic; hydrothermal; mineral; sulfide; exploration; critical
(This special issue belongs to the Section Mineral Deposits)
Advances in Ore Processing Technologies: Crushing, Milling and Separation
edited by Josep Oliva and
submission deadline 31 Jul 2022 | 3 articles | Viewed by 1965
Keywords: crushing; grinding; liberation; gravity concentration; magnetic separation; electrostatic separation; froth flotation; modelling; advanced control; artificial intelligence; optimization; energy saving
(This special issue belongs to the Section Mineral Processing and Extractive Metallurgy)
Rare Metal Ore Formations and Rare Metal Metallogeny
edited by and Peng Li
submission deadline 31 Jul 2022 | 6 articles | Viewed by 3751
Keywords: rare metal elements; pegmatite; mineralogy; melt and fluid inclusions; metallogenic mechanism; magmatic-hydrothermal mineralization
(This special issue belongs to the Section Mineral Deposits)
Sr Isotope Stratigraphy and Geochronology
edited by and Luc G. Bulot
submission deadline 10 Aug 2022 | Viewed by 123
Keywords: carbonates; Sr isotopes; seawater evolution curves; high resolution integrated stratigraphy
(This special issue belongs to the Section Mineral Geochemistry and Geochronology)
Advances in Non-metallic Ore Separation
edited by , Zhiming Sun, Yupeng Qian and
submission deadline 15 Aug 2022 | 2 articles | Viewed by 1527
Keywords: non-metallic minerals; mineral materials; mineral separation; surfactant; green materials; adsorption; modification; flotation reagents; modelling and simulation
(This special issue belongs to the Section Mineral Processing and Extractive Metallurgy)
Shale and Tight Reservoir Characterization and Resource Assessment submission deadline 15 Aug 2022 | 7 articles | Viewed by 3742
Keywords: shale gas; shale oil; shale and tight reservoir; unconventional reservoir; lithium; pore; porosity; permeability; CCUS; CO2-EOR; geothermal energy; H2S; flowback and produced water; hydrocarbon; pore size distribution; shale diagenesis; organic-hosted pores; thermal maturity; scanning electron microscopy (SEM); shale mineralogy; clay minerals
(This special issue belongs to the Section Mineral Exploration Methods and Applications)
Advances in Bioremediation and Biomining Research
edited by Oliver Wiche and
submission deadline 19 Aug 2022 | 2 articles | Viewed by 1502
Keywords: phytoextraction; phytostabilization; metal(oid)s; soil pollution; soil bioengineering
(This special issue belongs to the Section Biomineralization and Biominerals)
Innovative Solutions for Measurements, Modelling and Control in Mineral Processing submission deadline 21 Aug 2022 | 2 articles | Viewed by 1900
Keywords: mineral processing; process control; optimization; modelling; measurements; soft sensing; IoT; vision systems; edge/fog/cloud computing
(This special issue belongs to the Section Mineral Processing and Extractive Metallurgy)
Carbonate Biomineralization, Environmental, and Diagenetic Significance
edited by Vincent V. Barbin and
submission deadline 25 Aug 2022 | 2 articles | Viewed by 2004
Keywords: Biomineralization; Diagenesis; Fossils; Paleoenvironment; Organic matrix; Calcium carbonate; Geochemistry
(This special issue belongs to the Section Environmental Mineralogy and Biogeochemistry)
Hydrodynamics and Gas Dispersion in Flotation submission deadline 26 Aug 2022 | 3 articles | Viewed by 2335
Keywords: flotation; gas dispersion; bubble size estimation; frother characterization; critical coalescence concentration; superficial gas rate; gas hold-up; residence time distribution; mixing; computational fluid dynamics; particle– bubble interactions
(This special issue belongs to the Section Mineral Processing and Extractive Metallurgy)
Biominerals and Bio-Inspired Materials submission deadline 26 Aug 2022 | 5 articles | Viewed by 4010
Keywords: biomineralization; biomimetic and bioinspired mineralization; crystallization mechanisms; composite materials; structure– property relationships; analytical characterization techniques; biomineralization in paleontology and evolution
(This special issue belongs to the Section Biomineralization and Biominerals)
Sustainable Production of Metals for Low-Carbon Technologies
edited by and Marthias Silwamba
submission deadline 26 Aug 2022 | 10 articles | Viewed by 7722
Keywords: flotation; gravity concentration; magnetic separation; solvometallurgy; leaching; hydrometallurgy; environmental remediation; waste management; e-waste recycling; low-carbon technologies
(This special issue belongs to the Section Mineral Processing and Extractive Metallurgy)
Weathering in the Tropics: A Multidisciplinary Approach
edited by Fabiano Tomazini Conceição and Alexandre Martins Fernandes
submission deadline 26 Aug 2022 | Viewed by 99
Keywords: chemical weathering  ; atmospheric/soil CO2 consumption  ; water– rock interactions and watersheds  ; geochronology of weathering profiles  ; landscape evolution  ; supergene deposits
(This special issue belongs to the Section Mineral Geochemistry and Geochronology)
Metal Solubilization by Microorganisms from a Technological and Environmental Perspective
edited by , and Mario Vera
submission deadline 26 Aug 2022 | 1 articles | Viewed by 720
Keywords: Metal biosolubilization; Bioleaching; Biooxidation; Acid mine drainage; Bioremediation; Bioleaching microorganisms; Biodiversity; Microbial resistance; Metal-microorganism interaction; Tailings treatment
(This special issue belongs to the Section Environmental Mineralogy and Biogeochemistry)
Design, Modeling, Optimization and Control of Flotation Process submission deadline 26 Aug 2022 | 1 articles | Viewed by 831
Keywords: froth flotation processes; optimization tools; modelling and simulation; froth control; cell design; flotation kinetics; modification and improvement of flotation circuits; gas dispersion; RTD measurement and modelling; particle– bubble modelling; first principal modelling; experimental design; mechanical and column cells; pneumatic flotation cells; experimental design
(This special issue belongs to the Section Mineral Processing and Extractive Metallurgy)
Selective Disintegration of Ores and Physicochemical Properties of Minerals Under High-Power Electromagnetic Pulses and Other High Pulsed Powers Effects
edited by and Valentine A. Chanturiya
submission deadline 26 Aug 2022 | Viewed by 131
Keywords: pulsed power technologies in mineral processing and extractive metallurgy; selective disintegration and surface modification of geomaterials (rocks; minerals and ores); high-power (voltage) nanosecond electromagnetic pulses; low-temperature plasma of dielectric barrier discharge; precious metals mineral complexes; recovery; sulfides; flotation; surface; physicochemical and technological properties of minerals; future development
(This special issue belongs to the Section Mineral Processing and Extractive Metallurgy)
Magmatic-Hydrothermal Fe Deposits and Affiliated Critical Metals
edited by Xiaowen Huang and Xinfu Zhao
submission deadline 30 Aug 2022 | 1 articles | Viewed by 790
Keywords: magmatic-hydrothermal Fe deposits; critical metals; mineral geochemistry; geochronology; ore-forming process; iron oxide– copper– gold; iron oxide apatite; skarn Fe; volcanic-hosted Fe; EPMA; LA-ICP-MS
(This special issue belongs to the Section Mineral Deposits)
Diagenesis and Geochemistry of Carbonates
edited by Lei Jiang and Ardiansyah Koeshidayatullah
submission deadline 30 Aug 2022 | 3 articles | Viewed by 1951
Keywords: carbonate; diagenesis; dolomitization; reservoir quality; geochemical cycling; paleoclimate reconstruction
(This special issue belongs to the Section Mineral Geochemistry and Geochronology)
Biomineralization of Iron and Manganese: Functions and Environmental Applications
edited by Naoyuki Miyata and
submission deadline 31 Aug 2022 | 2 articles | Viewed by 1262
Keywords: biomineralization; biogenic iron oxides; biogenic manganese oxides; microorganisms; metal sorption; redox reactions; catalytic reactions; toxic metal removal; toxic chemical remediation
(This special issue belongs to the Section Biomineralization and Biominerals)
Petrology and Mineralogy of Pegmatite Deposits submission deadline 31 Aug 2022 | 2 articles | Viewed by 1042
Keywords: mineralogy and chemistry of pegmatites; age dating of pegmatites; pegmatite genesis; pegmatite exploration and mining; critical raw materials associated with pegmatites; industrial minerals associated with pegmatites
(This special issue belongs to the Section Mineral Deposits)
Recent Contributions of Female Scientists to the Advancement of Mineral Science
edited by , and Nalini G. Sundaram
submission deadline 31 Aug 2022 | 3 articles | Viewed by 2235
Keywords: mineralogy; crystallography; mineral science; diffraction; scattering; spectroscopy
(This special issue belongs to the Section Crystallography and Physical Chemistry of Minerals & Nanominerals)
Origin of Seafloor Massive Sulfide Deposits: News from Mineralogy and Geochemistry
edited by and Valeriy Maslennikov
submission deadline 31 Aug 2022 | Viewed by 360
Keywords: marine mineral deposits; seafloor massive sulfides; hydrothermal fluids; sulfide minerals; trace elements; base and precious metals; toxic and deleterious metals
(This special issue belongs to the Section Mineral Deposits)
Hydrothermal Systems Across Time and Space: Advances and Perspectives
edited by , , Valentina Esposito and
submission deadline 31 Aug 2022 | 4 articles | Viewed by 3928
Keywords: mineral deposits; geochemical processes; magmatic– hydrothermal systems; fluid geochemistry; shallow-water and deep-sea hydrothermal environments; Seafloor Massive Sulphides; dynamics of living and fossil communities; hydrothermal fossil deposits; biogeochemical processes and biomineralization; polymetallic nodules; iron formations; extraterrestrial implications
(This special issue belongs to the Section Mineral Deposits)
Critical Material Recovery from Coal and Coal Byproducts
edited by Aaron Noble
submission deadline 31 Aug 2022 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1123
Keywords: mineral processing; hydrometallurgy; process development; separations; rare earth elements; technology minerals; coal refuse; coal combustion byproducts; coal mine drainage
(This special issue belongs to the Section Mineral Processing and Extractive Metallurgy)
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