Special Issue "Computational Methods in Mineralogy and Geochemistry"
A special issue of Minerals (ISSN 2075-163X).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 February 2019).
Interests: nucleation and crystal growth; biomineralization; surface chemistry; modelling; mineral-fluid interface; nanotubes; Density Functional Theory; Force fields; vibrational spectroscopy
Computational methods and virtual experiments are increasingly playing a main role in revealing the fundamental science underpinning complex geochemical phenomena and in predicting mineral structures, properties, formation and reactivity. In particular, during the past two decades, the rapid development of supercomputing facilities and of new algorithms exploiting these growing hardware capabilities has lead computational techniques to become a complementary tool to both interpret and direct experiments. Indeed, major advances in predicting and interpreting polymorphism, optical properties, surface reactivity, phase stability, nucleation pathways, dissolution and crystal growth mechanisms (to mention only a few) have been achieved through a variety of ab initio, classical, and semi-empirical methods that allow accessing accurate electronic and atomic scale information.
This Special Issue aims to bring together studies from all these areas, and, more generally, from the broad fields of computational mineralogy and geochemistry. We welcome theoretical studies, as well as combined experimental-theoretical investigations. We solicit studies employing novel methodological approaches, as well as applications of state-of-the-art techniques to characterize crystalline and amorphous minerals and mineral-based (hybrid) materials (structure, morphology, properties, formation, chemical reactivity), and to interpret and/or predict geochemical phenomena.
The hope is that this Special Issue will serve to showcase the current capabilities, the advantages, and possibly the future perspectives of computational techniques in the context of mineralogy and geochemistry.
Dr. Raffaella Demichelis
Manuscript Submission Information
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- Combined experimental-theoretical studies
- First principle methods
- Classical methods
- Semi-empirical methods
- Method development
- Mineral characterization
- Surface morphology and reactivity
- Crystal, quasi-crystal and amorphous phases
- Hybrid mineral-based materials
- Nucleation, dissolution, and crystal growth
- Mineral-fluid interaction
- Other geochemical processes