Special Issue "Modern Raman Spectroscopy of Minerals"

A special issue of Minerals (ISSN 2075-163X).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 10 December 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Thomas Schmid

Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing, and School of Analytical Sciences Adlershof, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Berlin, Germany
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Interests: microspectroscopic imaging; analytical method development, materials characterisation; Raman microspectroscopy; scanning electron microscopy—energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy; applications of microspectroscopic imaging in interdisciplinary studies of, e.g., historical mortars, thin-film solar-cell materials, microscopy slide collections, and single-cell analysis
Guest Editor
Dr. Petra Dariz

Bern University of the Arts, Conservation-Restoration, Bern, Switzerland
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Interests: restoration and conservation sciences; art technology; archaeometry; building materials; Roman and early Portland cements; lime; high-fired medieval gypsum mortars; colourants; art-technological textbooks; Raman microspectroscopy

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Raman spectroscopy provides vibrational fingerprints of chemical compounds, enabling their identification via a comparison with reference spectra. The assignment of Raman spectra to minerals and, more generally, inorganic phases, is straightforward and unambiguous, if appropriate reference data is accessible. Modern couplings of Raman spectroscopy with microscopy, termed Raman microspectroscopy or Raman microscopy, merge the high structural specificity—also known from X-ray diffraction—with down to sub-micrometre spatial resolution. This analytical tool has high potential not only in the identification of minerals from natural sources but also for studying the complex microstructure and mineral distribution of both ancient and modern man-made materials, ranging from, e.g., historical ceramics and mortars to modern solar cell materials. In addition to the chemical identity of minerals, Raman spectra are affected by crystal orientations, sub-stoichiometric to stoichiometric compositional changes (e.g., in solid solution series), traces of foreign ions, stress, strain, and crystallinity, enabling a comprehensive physico-chemical characterisation of minerals. Thus, Raman spectroscopy provides possibilities to study mineral paragenesis in both, natural and man-made samples, and microspectroscopy opens the door to detailed investigations of relations between the manufacture and processing, the physico-chemical microstructure, and the macroscopic properties of materials.

This Special Issue includes method developments and applications in the field of modern Raman spectroscopy of minerals in a broad sense, from natural mineral deposits to inorganic phases in materials; covers both spectroscopic and imaging studies; and provides a platform for discussing the possibilities and limits of the technique in the context of the existing analytical arsenal.

Dr. Thomas Schmid
Dr. Petra Dariz
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Analytical sciences
  • Raman spectroscopy
  • Raman microspectroscopy
  • Microspectroscopic imaging
  • Chemical imaging
  • Mineral identification
  • Physico-chemical characterisation of minerals
  • Mineral paragenesis
  • Studying the relations of manufacturing, microstructures, and properties of materials

Published Papers

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