Special Issue "Applied Geochemical Modeling"
A special issue of Minerals (ISSN 2075-163X).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 June 2020).
Interests: CO2 sequestration and utilization; solid waste valorization; mineral synthesis; mineralogical characterization; (bio)hydrometallurgy; geochemical modeling; environmental remediation; process intensification
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Interests: production of microalgae and cyanobacteria; conversion of industrial inorganic residues into valuable products; bioleaching involving chemoheterotrophic and photoautotrophic microorganisms; remediation of heavy metal contamination; industrial ecology
Geochemical modeling can provide insights into reactive, equilibrium, and transport processes at temporal-scales, physical-scales, and physical settings that are impractical experimentally, or where experimental uncertainty limits mechanistic understanding. Geothermometry is a classic example: The chemical composition of geothermal water can be used to determine the temperature at which it is equilibrated deep underground. Geochemical modeling has its roots in the application of fundamental chemical thermodynamics and kinetics to water–rock interactions. It truly became a modeling discipline when the first computer codes were programmed, starting in 1968 with Dr. Helgeson. “Applied geochemical modeling” became a mainstream science tool (i.e., to be used for wider varieties of (bio)(geo)chemical systems) when the early codes such as EQ3/EQ6 (1979), PHREEQE (1980), and MINTEQ (1984) were incorporated into publically available software such as The Geochemist's Workbench (1992), PHREEQC (1995), and Visual MINTEQ (2000).
In the last two decades, software has evolved, databases have expanded, and a great number of scholars has been trained. However, it is the number of applications of geochemical modeling, together with the global dissemination of the technique, that has proliferated the most. Geochemical modeling has found applications ranging from the study of the leaching behavior of solid wastes to the removal of heavy metals from natural waters, to the long-term durability of building materials, to the geological sequestration, or ocean storage of carbon dioxide, among many others.
This Special Issue of the MDPI journal Minerals follows the Second Symposium on Applied Geochemical Modeling, held on 25 August, 2019, at the ACS National Meeting in San Diego, California. Submissions are sought from authors who presented at the symposium, and the wider scientific community, that highlight new knowledge that has been made possible by the application of geochemical modeling and unique approaches to geochemical modeling that make use of newly available thermodynamic, kinetic, or enzymatic catalysis data, or newly developed activity, surface complexation or isotope fractionation models. Authors may discuss their use of commercial software packages (e.g., The Geochemist’s Workbench, Visual MINTEQ, PHREEQC, MINEQL+, WHAM) or present their own geochemical models built from first principles. The Editors invite submissions in the form of original research articles, review papers, communications, and technical notes.
Dr. Rafael M. Santos
Dr. Emily (Yi Wai) Chiang
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- Geochemical modeling
- applied geochemistry
- Equilibrium and kinetic models
- Thermodynamic data
- Industrial, environmental and groundwater chemistry
- Leaching, precipitation, redox, adsorption/desorption processes
- Microbial systems