Special Issue "Measuring and Predicting Minerals Growth, Dissolution, and Alteration Kinetics"

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: 15 March 2019

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Andreas Luttge

MARUM and Department of Geosciences, University of Bremen, Bremen, Germany
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Interests: solid-fluid reactions;prediction of reaction rates and system behavior;reactions kinetics;surface imaging;Vertical Scanning Interferometry (VSI);Kinetic Monte Carlo simulations;defining the mineral–fluid interface;nanotechnology;microbiological influence on mineral and corrosion reactions;nuclear waste management;environmental remediation

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

All minerals and synthetic analogues, including new crystalline materials, grow, dissolve, and change their properties during alteration processes. In one way or another, decision makers in many different fields of all modern societies rely on accurate assessments of the rates of such processes as a function of environmental conditions. In a diverse range of important activities that include predictions of global climate change, drug development, steel corrosion, and nuclear waste management, crystal growth and dissolution kinetics will always be at the center of attention. Researchers in academic institutions, national research laboratories, and private industry are thus involved in precise quantification of the rates of mineral-fluid reactions, ultimately aimed at improving their fundamental understanding of underlying reaction kinetics. Even more challenging is the increasing need to correctly predict reaction rates.

This special volume on growth, dissolution and alteration kinetics of crystalline systems is devoted to providing a forum for the interested researcher to discuss areas that have seen significant advance, as well as those that are the center of controversy. Our aim is to capture research highlights, including a much needed, in-depth discussion of key theoretical concepts. Of special interest are contributions that address some of the most challenging topics, i.e., how do we up-scale our experimental and theoretical research results from the nano- to the macroscale?

Prof. Dr. Andreas Luttge
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 1400 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.


  • minerals
  • synthetic
  • reaction kinetics
  • dissolution
  • growth
  • alteration
  • rates
  • rate spectra
  • scale
  • up-scaling

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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