Special Issue "Nucleation of Minerals: Precursors, Intermediates and Their Use in Materials Chemistry"
A special issue of Minerals (ISSN 2075-163X).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 May 2017)
A printed edition of this Special Issue is available here.
PD Dr. Denis Gebauer
Department of Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, University of Konstanz, 78464 Konstanz, Germany
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Interests: physical chemistry; materials chemistry; crystallization; nucleation; non-classical crystallization; polyamorphism; pre-nucleation clusters; biomineralization; additive-controlled crystallization; bio-inspired materials
Nucleation is the key event in mineralization, but a general molecular understanding of phase separation mechanisms is still missing, despite more than 100 years of research in this field. In the recent years, many studies have highlighted the occurrence of precursors and intermediates, which seem to challenge the assumptions underlying classical theories of nucleation and growth. This is especially true for the field of biomineralization, where bio-inspired strategies take advantage of the precursors' and intermediates' special properties for the generation of advanced materials. All of this has led to the development of "non-classical" frameworks, which, however, often lack quantitative expressions for the evaluation and prediction of phase separation, growth and ripening processes, and are under considerable debate. It is, thus, evident that there is a crucial need for research into the early stages of mineral nucleation and growth, designed for the testing, refinement, and expansion of the different existing notions. This Special Issue aims to bring together corresponding studies from all these areas, dealing with precursors and intermediates in mineralization processes. We welcome fundamental physical chemical studies, experimental, as well as theoretical, but also detailed analyses and characterizations of the formation mechanisms of both biogenic and bio-inspired, mineral-based (hybrid) materials. We also solicit methodological studies employing cutting-edge in situ analytics. The hope is that this Special Issue will contribute to the achievement of a better understanding of nucleation precursors and intermediates, and their target-oriented use in materials chemistry.
Dr. Denis Gebauer
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- mineral nucleation and growth
- non-classical crystallization
- pre-nucleation clusters
- amorphous intermediates
- mineral poly(a)morphism
- formation mechanisms of biominerals
- additive-controlled mineralization
- mechanims of bio-inspired mineralization
- in situ analyses of the early stages of mineralization