Special Issue "Zr-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: 15 July 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Natalia V. Zubkova

Faculty of Geology, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia
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Interests: XRD analysis; comparative crystal chemistry; new structure type; minerals; topology; mineralogical crystallography; mineralogical systematics
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Gerald Giester

Department of Mineralogy and Crystallography, University of Vienna, Althanstr. 14, A-1090 Vienna, Austria
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Interests: Single crystal structure investigation of minerals and synthetic compounds; Synthesis of crystalline compounds; Gemological studies

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

We have the pleasure of inviting you to participate in a Special Issue of Minerals devoted to zirconium minerals. Zirconium is a very interesting and truly paradoxical chemical element from the mineralogical and geochemical viewpoints: being a rare element (its content in the Earth's crust is ca. 0.02 wt.%), Zr is known as a species-defining constituent of more than a hundred minerals, and some of them form huge and rich deposits, with resources of many millions of tons. Most zirconium minerals are silicates and oxides, which demonstrates the great diversity of crystal structures and physical properties. Zirconosilicates of the eudialyte group have the most complicated structures among all known natural inorganic compounds. Zirconium minerals possess many technologically important properties and are in wide use in different branches of modern industry. The increase of knowledge in the fields of crystal chemistry, properties, and the genesis of zirconium minerals is undoubtedly important for the development of both Earth and materials science.

Dr. Natalia V. Zubkova
Prof. Dr. Gerald Giester
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • zirconium mineral
  • microporous zirconosilicate
  • zircon
  • baddeleyite, zirconolite
  • eudialyte
  • zirconium ore
  • zirconium mineral crystal chemistry

Published Papers

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