Special Issue "Advances in Mineral Analytical Techniques"
A special issue of Minerals (ISSN 2075-163X).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 May 2016)
Compositional heterogeneity and crystal-structural modifications in minerals, if understood at different scales of observation, are paramount for interpretation of petrogenetic processes down to the site where fluid–rock interaction or mineral transformation takes place. The significant advances in microanalytical techniques made in recent years present incredible opportunities for mineral and rock characterization, in turn, providing key information to constrain geological events. This includes compositional and crystal structural information at ever-better spatial resolution, and lower-and-lower concentrations, as well as microscopic techniques, which permit observational data collected in situ at scales from that of nanometres to microns to be correlated with one another.
This Special Issue, "Advances in Mineral Analytical Techniques", will review the techniques themselves but also highlight the new opportunities for petrogenetic interpretation, especially in the field of mineral deposits and their genesis. Manuscripts already committed to the special issue include those covering focussed ion beam–scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, trace element microanalysis and U-Pb geochronology via laser-ablation inductively-coupled plasma mass spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS), de-convoluting mineral and fluid inclusions from complex LA-ICP-MS signals in host quartz, and TESCAN Integrated Minerals Analyser (TIMA) methodology.
Manuscripts covering the background and methodology of these and other new, or rapidly-developing analytical approaches, their application to problem-solving, or illustrative case studies, are welcomed. We particularly welcome manuscripts that illustrate innovate, integrated use of different techniques in combination with one another.
Dr. Cristiana L. Ciobanu
Prof. Dr. Nigel J. Cook
Manuscript Submission Information
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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.
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- advanced analytical techniques
- laser-ablation inductively-coupled plasma mass spectrometry
- trace element microanalysis
- U-Pb geochronology
- transmission electron microscopy
- focussed ion beam–scanning electron microscopy
- nanoscale mineral characterisation
- ore mineralogy