Special Issue "Study of the Eudialyte Group Minerals"
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: 1 December 2020.
Interests: eudialyte group; silicate minerals; microporous materials; crystal structure; crystal chemistry of minerals
Interests: X-ray crystallography; inorganic crystal chemistry; crystallography of modular materials; topology of crystal structures; systematics and nomenclature of minerals and inorganic compounds
It is our pleasure to announce a Special Issue of the journal Minerals on the topic of "The Study of Eudialyte-Group Minerals". Members of the eudialyte group, including 27 valid mineral species, are important components of some specific types of alkaline rocks which are known in many alkaline provinces. Due to selective features of some crystallographic sites, these minerals play an important role in petrology and geochemistry as indicators of mechanisms of rock-forming processes. A distinctive feature of the eudialyte-group minerals is the unique complexity and variability of their crystal structures. These minerals have proven to be a very effective model, based on which many crystal–chemical, geochemical, and genetic patterns have been established. Complex mechanisms of isomorphic substitutions involving numerous crystallographic sites put this group into the category of unique minerals in terms of the number of potential new species. Eudialyte-group minerals concentrate different important and strategic metals, including zirconium, hafnium, niobium, and rare-earth elements. This feature allows us to consider eudialyte-rich rocks as a prospective source of these elements. Thanks to the microporous character of the structure, which is based on a heteropolyhedral framework hosting different cations and anions, eudialyte-group minerals exhibit ion-exchange properties. However, the extraction of strategic elements from the eudialyte concentrate is rather challenging because of the structural and compositional complexity of the crystal structure of eudialyte and related minerals. This Special Issue is a good chance to summarize recent data on different aspects of the study of eudialyte-group minerals. We hope that this solid work will be an important contribution to the knowledge on the genesis, mineralogy, geochemistry, petrology, crystallography, spectroscopy, processing, and industrial importance of eudialyte-group minerals and will stimulate their further investigation.
Dr. Ramiza K. Rastsvetaeva
Dr. Sergey M. Aksenov
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- eudialyte-group minerals
- mineral species
- isomorphic substitutions
- ion-exchange properties
- extraction of strategic elements
The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.
Authors: Nikita V. Chukanov, Ramiza K. Rastsvetaeva, Sergey M. Aksenov, Igor V. Pekov, Dmitry I. Belakovskiy, Svetlana A. Vozchikova, Sergey N. Britvin
2. Title: Fe2+-analogue of feklichevite: Crystal structure, spectroscopic characteristics and relationships with other eudialyte-group minerals
Authors: Ramiza K. Rastsvetaeva, Kseniya A. Viktorova, Nikita V. Chukanov, Sergey M. Aksenov, Vyacheslav S. Rusakov
3. Title: Crystal-chemical features of Fe- and Ca-deficient eudialyte-group minerals as indicators of hyperalkaline formations
Authors: Ramiza K. Rastsvetaeva, Nikita V. Chukanov, Sergey M. Aksenov, Dmitry A. Varlamov
4. Title: Petrography and crystal chemistry of Zr-redundant eudialytes from Mt. Alluaiv, Lovozero alkaline massif, Russia
Authors: Mikhailova Yu.A., Kalashnikov A.O., Pakhomovskiy Ya.A., Panikorovskii T.L., Bocharov V.N.
5. Title: Mechanism of insertion of titanium into the crystal structure of eudialyte
Authors: Panikorovskii T.L., Mikhailova Yu.A., Bazay Yu.A., Kalashnikov A.O.
6. Title: Crystal structure of a potentially new eudialyte-group mineral, Na-dominant (at the M2 site) analogue of eudialyte
Authors: R.K. Rastsvetaeva, N.V. Chukanov, K. Schäfer
7. Title: The role of local heteropolyhedral substitutions on the topological features and complexity of the eudialyte-type structures
Authors: S.M. Aksenov