Special Issue "Biogeochemical Cycling of Fe, Mn, and S and Their Impact on Contaminant Dynamics"

A special issue of Minerals (ISSN 2075-163X). This special issue belongs to the section "Environmental Mineralogy and Biogeochemistry".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 December 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Kerstin Hockmann
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Guest Editor
Bayreuth Center for Ecology and Environmental Research (BayCEER), University of Bayreuth, Universitaetsstrasse 30, D-95440 Bayreuth, Germany
Interests: soil mineralogy; environmental geochemistry; iron and sulfur cycling; X-ray absorption spectroscopy; Fe oxides; mobility of antimony; arsenic and phosphate
Dr. Niloofar Karimian
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Guest Editor
Southern Cross GeoScience, Southern Cross University, Lismore, NSW 2480, Australia
Interests: environmental geochemistry; mineralogy; trace metals contamination; redox; iron cycle; sulfur cycle; arsenic; antimony; XAS; manganese minerals; acid sulfate soils

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

A complex interplay between hydrology, redox conditions, and iron (Fe), manganese (Mn), and sulfur (S) cycling leads to diverse reactions that determine geochemical behaviour of contaminants and nutrients in near-surface environments. Transformation of metastable Fe and Mn phases affects speciation, partitioning, and mobility of associated contaminants and nutrients. Under anaerobic conditions, such mineral transformations may be induced or catalysed by the presence of microbially produced Fe(II), Mn(II), or S(−II). Under aerated conditions, oxidation of Fe(II), Mn(II), or S(−II) results in the co-precipitation and incorporation of toxic and essential elements. Recent research has shown that co-occurring contaminants and nutrients can also have a severe impact on the nature, pathways, and kinetics of mineral (trans)formations. 

With this Special Issue, we invite you to submit current work that explores the coupling of contaminant (e.g., arsenic (As), antimony (Sb), organic pollutants) and nutrient (e.g., phosphate (PO₄³⁻), sulfate (SO₄²⁻)) dynamics with Fe, Mn, and S mineral transformations in natural or engineered environments. We welcome original research and reviews from experimental work, field studies, and theoretical approaches, and we especially encourage contributions that use multidisciplinary approaches to explore biogeochemical processes across multiple scales. Studies using cutting-edge analytical techniques such as synchrotron-based spectroscopic and scattering methods are very welcome.

Dr. Kerstin Hockmann
Dr. Niloofar Karimian
Guest Editors

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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  • contaminant mobility
  • Fe sulfides
  • Fe and Mn oxides
  • redox reactions
  • mineral transformations
  • wetland soils and sediments
  • mining sites
  • speciation
  • elemental cycling
  • soil quality
  • remediation
  • spectroscopy

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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