Radionuclide Interactions with Natural and Synthetic Solids

A special issue of Minerals (ISSN 2075-163X). This special issue belongs to the section "Environmental Mineralogy and Biogeochemistry".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2024 | Viewed by 273

Special Issue Editors

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Bundesgesellschaft für Endlagerung mbH, 31224 Peine, Germany
Interests: applied research; analytical chemistry; clay chemistry; thermodynamic databases; spectroscopy; actinide diffusion; thermodynamics/kinetics/transport of radioactive species interacting with mineral/rock surfaces in complex natural surroundings; (reactive) transport modeling

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Galson Sciences Limited, Oakham LE15 6AX, UK
Interests: actinide sorption; actinide redox speciation; environmental radioactivity; environmental pollution; actinide biogeochemistry

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Department of Chemistry, University of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA 94117, USA
Interests: impact of climate change on soil biogeochemistry; soil mineral-organic associations; metal redox geochemistry; radionuclide fate and transport; synchrotron-based characterization of terrestrial ecosystems

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Understanding the interaction of aqueous radionuclide species with inorganic and organic compounds in the environment is a complex and challenging research question. Geochemical conditions, such as pH, redox potential, temperature, and salinity, control both the speciation of the radionuclide as well as the complexation, sorption, and ion exchange properties of organic compounds and minerals. Accurate interrogation of these complex natural systems demands the application of a multitude of analytical techniques, wet-chemical methods, and modeling approaches. In this Special Issue, our goal is to provide a showcase for the exciting and important work that is being carried out by both established and emerging scientists in the field of radionuclide (bio)geochemistry.

With this Special Issue of Minerals, we seek to give an insight into the nature of radionuclide environmental reactions and processes, as well as providing the data needed for the expansion of thermodynamic databases and reactive transport models. The Special Issue promotes contributions involving state-of-the-art of analytical techniques, wet-chemical methods, and theoretical approaches that interrogate the interaction of radionuclides with mineral or rock surfaces in the presence or absence of organic compounds and microbes. We especially encourage studies that fill gaps in the respective models and databases devoted to nuclear waste disposal and the remediation of contaminated land sites. These gaps include, for example, the role of microbially mediated reactions, interactions at high salinities and/or elevated temperatures, as well as radionuclide trace concentrations.

We look forward to a successful and informative Special Issue of Minerals that showcases the talents of researchers of all levels, as well as the tremendous advances in our understanding of the environmental behavior of radionuclides.

Dr. Claudia Joseph
Dr. James Begg
Dr. Amrita Bhattacharyya
Guest Editors

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  • radionuclides
  • minerals
  • rocks
  • actinides
  • spectroscopy
  • sorption
  • ion exchange
  • surface complexation modeling
  • diffusion
  • (reactive) transport modeling
  • thermodynamics
  • kinetics
  • transport
  • microorganisms

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