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Special Issue "Mineral Surface Reactions at the Nanoscale"
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: closed (30 June 2018).
A printed edition of this Special Issue is available here.
Institut für Mineralogie, University of Münster, 48149 Münster, Germany
The Institute for Geoscience Research, Curtin University, 6845 Perth, Australia
Interests: mineral surface reactions; nano-imaging using in situ AFM experiments; defining the mineral–fluid interface; nanoparticles; pre-nucleation clusters; interface-coupled dissolution-precipiation mechanism; environmental remediation; element mobilisation
Reactions at mineral surfaces are central to all geochemical processes. Because water is ubiquitous on Earth—at least reaching down to the crust-mantle boundary—processes occurring at the mineral–aqueous fluid interface control the evolution of the minerals making up the rocks of the Earth. Indeed, we can go as far as to say that the Earth as we know it has been shaped by reactions at mineral surfaces. Life itself is totally dependent on these mineral surface reactions that release the elements necessary for living plants and animals to exist. Thus, mineral surfaces are essential for a large range of important Earth processes. Apart from maintaining life they also control processes such as weathering of rocks and hence soil formation, biomineralization, the fate of contaminants and possible remediation strategies, including element sequestration, and on a larger scale, metamorphism, ore deposit formation and global element cycling. In recent years it has been through the development of advanced analytical methods that mineral surface reactions have been imaged and analyzed at the nanoscale. This has enabled exciting new possibilities for clarifying the mechanisms that govern mineral–fluid reactions. Industrial processes, environmental remediation and nuclear waste disposal methods, medical research and the pharmaceutical industry are all benefitting from the recent advances in understanding mineral surface reactions at the nanoscale. This Special Issue aims to highlight the role and importance of mineral surfaces in many varying fields of research.
Dr. Christine V. Putnis
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- mineral surface
- crystal growth
- coupled reactions
- element cycling