Special Issue "Calcite"

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: 31 August 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Dino Aquilano

Department of Earth Sciences, Universita degli Studi di Torino, Torino, Italy
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Interests: Crystal growth; crystallography; growth kinetics; crystal morphology; biomineralization
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Marco Bruno

Department of Earth Sciences, University of Turin, Via Valperga Caluso 35-10125 Turin, Italy
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Interests: crystal growth; surface; calcite; ab initio calculations; thermodynamics
Guest Editor
Dr. Linda Pastero

Department of Earth Sciences, Interdepartmental Centre “Nanostructured Interfaces and Surfaces-NIS”, University of Torino, Italy
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Interests: crystal growth; epitaxy; surface; interface; calcite; gypsum; apatite; zeolite

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Calcite (CaCO3), which provided the creative impulse to René Juste Haüy to imagine the crystal state as a periodic discontinuity of solid matter made by “molécules intégrantes”, is a widespread mineral occurring in nature, both in the inorganic geological world (in sedimentary and metamorphic rocks, in deposits from hot springs, in caverns as stalactites and stalagmites, and in volcanic or mantle-derived rocks) and in living organisms (marine and egg shells, bones, teeth). Owing to its bi-refringence, calcite has been used in optical microscopy and in military weaponry. It also occurs as alabaster and marble in cultural heritage. Finally, it has a wide range of applications, such as in soil remediation and stabilization and concrete repair.

This Special Issue is devoted to calcite, and will focus on:

  • Crystallography, bulk and surface physical properties, twinning (geometry and growth)
  • Equilibrium and growth morphology (theoretical aspects, habit change due to the impurity adsorption /absorption)
  • Phase relationships with its polymorphs (vaterite, calcite) and its amorphous precursors
  • Biomineralization
  • Occurrence in the inorganic geological word
  • Modern applications in industry and environment
  • Cultural heritage: Art and remediation.

Prof. Dr. Dino Aquilano
Prof. Dr. Marco Bruno
Dr. Linda Pastero
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • CaCO3 Polymorphs
  • Growth Morphology
  • Biomineralization

Published Papers

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