A special issue of Minerals (ISSN 2075-163X). This special issue belongs to the section "Crystallography and Physical Chemistry of Minerals & Nanominerals".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (20 July 2021) | Viewed by 6186
Interests: state-of-the-art transmission electron microscopy; medical mineralogy; environmental mineralogy; biogeochemistry; electron microscopy; electron energy-loss spectroscopy; nanominerals; mineral fibers
Interests: PM pollution; asbestos; gas sensing; environmental mineralogy
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Interests: asbestos and asbestiform fibres; inorganic particulate; synthetic vitreous fibres; physicochemical characterization; transmission and scanning electron microscope with energy dispersive spectrometer; detection in air, water, soil, rocks; pollution; presence in organs and interaction with living being
Natural processes can produce hazardous minerals via different pathways, harming the environment and the organisms through several mechanisms. Massive rocks, as well as mineral particle populations, may represent a hazard and act accordingly to their physical and chemical characteristic to harm a specific target or a broad spectrum of targets. Different chemical–physical characteristics of the minerals (and their anthropogenic uses) affect their accessibility to a certain environment and determine their harmfulness. After dispersion in the environment, these minerals may accumulate into human and animal organs, triggering toxic or carcinogenic effects. The capability of the mineral in interacting with the surrounding environment or organisms is determined by the bulk composition, the surface physicochemical state and topology, the released elements and solubility, dimensionality, as well as the transport of other contaminants that can bind to their surface.
This issue welcomes a broad range of contributions regarding:
- Hazardous mineral identification and geological settings, and contextualization in the involved environments and organisms;
- Hazardous mineral complete characterization using multi-analytical techniques;
- Studies on the interaction of hazardous minerals with simulated biofluids or environmental fluids, and/or cell cultures (e.g., dissolutions study, ROS release, cell viability, DNA damages);
- Analytical methods, protocols, data analysis, and algorithms aiming to perform a complete characterization of hazardous mineral, dimensional distributions, and particle populations;
- Studies on the capability of the hazardous mineral to surface-bind and transport hazardous elements, surface-sorbed compounds (e.g., PAH), bacteria, and viruses attached to the mineral particulate surface;
- Exposure pathways of hazardous minerals, activity which releases mineral particulates (providing a characterization of the produced mineral particles); the industrial, safety, and health consequences of this activity.
Contributions with a scope similar to the ones listed above will be carefully considered for publication.
Dr. Ruggero Vigliaturo
Prof. Dr. Giancarlo Della Ventura
Prof. Dr. Terri-Ann Berry
Prof. Dr. Elena Belluso
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- metal ores
- asbestos and asbestiform minerals
- heavy metals