Special Issue "Mineral Substrates for the Proliferation of Microorganisms that Degrade Petroleum Products in Contaminated Sites"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 25 March 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Mercedes Regadío García
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Guest Editor
Department of Civil and Structural Engineering, The University of Sheffield, Broomhall, Sheffield S10 2TG, UK
Interests: reactive minerals; clay liners; degradation of pollutants

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleague,

Unlike metals, petroleum pollutants could be biodegraded, however no quick route has been discovered, persisting for decades in the environment before degradation occurs. Remediation with microorganisms has been studied, but microbial degraders do not usually survive being eaten up by the local microbes with high competitiveness and adaptability. The mineral substrata can play a major role in assisting/enhancing the local microbial degradation of pollutants, by improving the oxygen diffusion, accelerating microbial growth, increasing biomass production and biodiversity. In this Special Issue, we are looking for papers that study the performance of mineral-microbes interactions to clean-up petroleum-contaminated sites; and break down petroleum into non-toxic substances, without translocating it elsewhere. We look at potential routes for degradation (instead of the accumulation) of petroleum through the combination of natural-occurring processes that are driven by soil minerals, their associated bacteria, fungi and plants.

Dr. Mercedes Regadío García
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Minerals is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1800 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • Mineral substrates
  • Microorganisms
  • Biodegradations
  • Petroleum
  • Contaminated sites

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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