Size Distribution, Chemical Composition and Morphology of Mine Dust

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 June 2024 | Viewed by 128

Special Issue Editors

Imessa Research, Salt Lake City, UT 84108, USA
Interests: respirable dust; surface characterization; colloid/nanoparticle size characterization; nanotoxicology; surface chemistry; material characterization
Department of Mining and Minerals Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA 24061, USA
Interests: respirable dust; particulate characterization; mine environmental management; exposure monitoring and control; occupational health
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Inhalation of dust in mining operations remains a major health concern, particularly in metal/nonmetal and coal mines. Occupational exposure to respirable mine dust results in irreversible and fatal health problems such as silicosis, lung cancer, kidney disease, and non-malignant respiratory diseases such as emphysema and chronic bronchitis. In the coal mine industry, the combination of respirable silica dust (RCD) and coal dust can lead to coal workers' pneumoconiosis (CWP), or "black lung disease”. 

Formulation of effective mitigation strategies requires reliable data on physico-chemical characteristics of respirable dust, such as size distribution, surface charge, chemical composition, morphology, and metal content. Detection methods with increased sensitivity are also required as the exposure limits are being reduced by governing bodies.

In this Special Issue, we aim to collate research and review articles addressing dust sampling and detection techniques, physico-chemical characteristics, and relevant toxicological studies related to mine dust, in particular crystalline silica.  Example topics include sampling methods, analytical detection, and analysis methods, predominantly at low dust concentrations, as well as dust generation and dust control. Toxicological studies relevant to one or more dust characteristic or constituent, such as particle size, are also welcome.

Dr. Shoeleh Assemi
Dr. Emily Sarver
Guest Editors

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  • respirable dust
  • mineral dust
  • dust characterization
  • mineralogy and trace element analysis
  • occupational health
  • environmental health

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