Special Issue "Occurrence, Crystal-Chemistry and Properties of Fibrous 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: closed (30 September 2018)
Professor Giancarlo Della Ventura
Dipartimento di Scienze, Roma Tre University, 00146 Roma RM, Italy
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Interests: experimental mineralogy and synthesis of amphiboles; mineralogy; spectroscopy and crystal-chemistry of fibrous silicates; FTIR spectroscopy of light elements (H, C) in minerals; spectroscopy at HT and phase transformations
Fibrous minerals constitute a serious environmental and occupational hazard, more so considering that materials not fitting the traditional definition of asbestos are recognized to have potential health effects similar to asbestos. These materials include naturally-occurring minerals, such as non-regulated amphiboles, but also pyroxenes, zeolites, clay minerals, etc. In addition, new synthetic materials are now being produced having the same morphological characteristic of asbestos, for example carbon nanotubes, of which the risk to human health is far from being understood. Great efforts are under way in the scientific community to meet different expertises, such as mineralogy, chemistry, medicine and biochemistry, to better address this issue; it is clear that an improved knowledge of the toxicological potential of fibrous materials can only be obtained by combining information from different disciplines. A short course, based on this philosophy, has been recently held in Modena (Italy), organized by the European Mineralogical Union (http://emu2017.unimore.it). This Special Issue aims at bringing together contributions covering a broad range of problems involved with fibrous materials, from their natural (geological) occurrence, to their mineralogical characterization, to the definition of novel analytical methods and protocols, to modern toxicological studies addressing their carcinogenicity. Studies on synthetic materials are also welcome; both review papers and original scientific works will be considered.
Prof. Dr. Giancarlo Della Ventura
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- asbestos and fibrous minerals
- natural and synthetic
- toxicological studies