Special Issue "Microbial Biomineralization and Organimineralization"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2023 | Viewed by 63

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Hiromi Konishi
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Guest Editor
Department of Geology, Niigata University, Niigata 951-8510, Japan
Interests: biominerals; nanominerals; mineral defects; Transmission Electron Microscopy

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Although it is well established that microorganisms play important roles in geological systems, the variety of microbial biomineralization, the function of microorganisms in the mineralization, and the mechanism of mineral formation require further investigation. Non-living organic substances, such as dead cells, also mediate mineral formation which is called organimineralization. How non-living organic substances are involved in mineral formation is not well understood. We focus on the variety of microbial biomineralization and organimineralization, structure, chemistry, and crystallography of biominerals, and the formation mechanism of microbial biominerals.

We are pleased to invite you to contribute your work to this Special Issue entitled “Microbial Biomineralization and Organimineralization”. In this Special Issue, original research articles and reviews are welcome. Research areas may include (but are not limited to) the following: (1) Microbially controlled or induced biomineralization; (2) Organimineralization which is mediated by organic substances, but not directly produced by living organisms; (3) Microbial reduction and oxidation; (4) Bioremediation; (5) Biomining; (6) Metal transformation and concentration in natural environments, and ore deposit by microorganisms; (7) Global biogeochemical cycling of elements; (8) Carbonate deposition and carbon sink; and (9) Biosynthesis of nanoparticles by microorganisms.

Prof. Dr. Hiromi Konishi
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • biomineralization
  • organimineralization
  • bioremediation
  • biomining
  • biosynthesis
  • microbial oxidation and reduction
  • nanoparticles

Published Papers

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