Special Issue "Diffusion and Element Partitioning"

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 (30 April 2023) | Viewed by 726

Special Issue Editors

Space and Remote Sensing (ISR-2), Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM 87544, USA
Interests: planetary accretion; planetary materials; space instrumentation and exploration
Department of Earth and Environmental Systems, The University of the South, Sewanee, TN 37375, USA
Interests: mineral physics; hydrogen in the deep Earth

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Accretion and differentiation models for terrestrial planets are informed by experiments and calculations that constrain the partitioning of elements at the elevated pressure and temperatures relevant to planetary core formation, as well as the lower P-T regimes of crustal processes, accretion, and planetary evolution. An understanding of elemental partitioning and diffusion in metallic and silicate systems provides necessary constraints on the properties of planetary materials. Important to bulk core-mantle-crust evolution through time are the minor element composition of the core and mantle, isotopic partitioning and diffusion, the distribution of heat-producing elements, the oxygen fugacity during accretion, and the timing of the core’s formation. Furthermore, partitioning and diffusion studies provide insights into the formation of a wide range of terrestrial bodies, from Earth’s moon to the composition and structure of super-Earths. We invite contributions to this Special Issue that address topics above via simulation and calculation, observation and analysis, and/or direct experimentation. Contributions from outside of planetary sciences that will inform key science questions relevant to planetary sciences are particularly encouraged.

Dr. Lisa Renee Danielson
Dr. Elizabeth Colette Thompson
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Diffusion
  • Metal-silicate partitioning
  • Element partitioning
  • Isotopic partitioning
  • Reaction kinetics
  • Core formation
  • Planetary interiors
  • High pressure and temperature experiments

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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