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New Perspectives on Mineral Nucleation and Growth

From Solution Precursors to Solid Materials

  • Alexander E.S. Van Driessche
  • Matthias Kellermeier
  • Liane G. Benning
  • Denis Gebauer

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. James J. De Yoreo, Nico A. J. M. Sommerdijk, Patricia M. Dove
    Pages 1-24
  3. Alejandro Fernandez-Martinez, Hugo Lopez-Martinez, Dongbo Wang
    Pages 77-92
  4. Juan Diego Rodriguez-Blanco, Karina K. Sand, Liane G. Benning
    Pages 93-111
  5. Raffaella Demichelis, Paolo Raiteri, Julian D. Gale
    Pages 113-135
  6. Jens-Petter Andreassen, Alison Emslie Lewis
    Pages 137-154
  7. Ashit Rao, Helmut Cölfen
    Pages 155-183
  8. Giuseppe Falini, Simona Fermani
    Pages 185-197
  9. Alexander E. S. Van Driessche, Tomasz M. Stawski, Liane G. Benning, Matthias Kellermeier
    Pages 227-256
  10. Victoria Reichel, Damien Faivre
    Pages 275-291
  11. Dominique J. Tobler, Tomasz M. Stawski, Liane G. Benning
    Pages 293-316
  12. Huaiyu Yang, Joop H. ter Horst
    Pages 317-337
  13. Michael H. Nielsen, James J. De Yoreo
    Pages 353-374
  14. Back Matter
    Pages 375-380

About this book


In the last decade, numerous studies have demonstrated the existence of alternative pathways to nucleation and crystallisation that oppose the classical view. Such proposed scenarios include multistage reactions proceeding via various precursor species and/or intermediate phases. The aim of this book is to review and discuss these recent advances in our understanding of the early stages of mineralisation through a series of contributions that address both experimental and theoretical studies about the formation and nature of initial precursor species (e.g., prenucleation clusters, dense liquid phases, amorphous nanoparticles, etc.) as well as their transformations leading to the stable mineral phase. Several chapters are devoted to cutting-edge analytical techniques used for investigating the above processes in situ, in real time and at conditions relevant to both natural and industrial processes. At the end of the book, the editors summarize the key questions that still need to be addressed in order to establish a complete picture of the nucleation and growth processes involved during the formation of minerals


Amorphous Precursors Crystallization Precursors Dense Liquid Phases Mechanisms of Phase Transitions Mineralization Processes Non-classical Nucleation Prenucleation Clusters

Editors and affiliations

  • Alexander E.S. Van Driessche
    • 1
  • Matthias Kellermeier
    • 2
  • Liane G. Benning
    • 3
  • Denis Gebauer
    • 4
  1. 1.University Grenoble Alpes CNRS, ISTerreGrenobleFrance
  2. 2.Material PhysicsBASF SELudwigshafenGermany
  3. 3.German Research Center for Geosciences, GFZInterface Geochemistry SectionPotsdamGermany
  4. 4.Department of Chemistry Physical ChemistryUniversity of KonstanzKonstanzGermany

About the editors

Dr. Alexander Van Driessche is connected to the University of Granada and is an expert in the field of Chemical Kinetics, Chemical Thermodynamics and Materials Chemistry. 

Prof Liane G Benning is Professor of Experimental Biogeochemistry and connected to the School of Earth and Environment at Leeds University. Her research addresses geochemical reaction mechanisms at low to hydrothermal temperatures in inorganic and biologic systems.

Field-work in the last few years included geothermal extreme environments in Iceland and New Zealand and cryogenic extreme environments (cold deserts) in the European Arctic (Svalbard, Greenland, Iceland).

Professor Dennis Gebauer, works for the university of Konstanz in Konstanz and is since 2014 a member of the executive board of the Graduate School of Chemistry of the Chemistry department of that same university. Besides, being a member of the management Committee of the COST action TD0903 and a member of the Scientific Staff of the Max Planck Institute. 

 Dr. Mathias Kellermeier is connected to BASF after receiving his PhD summa cum laude n Co-Mineralization of Alkaline-Earth Metal Carbonates and Silica" at the university of  Regensburg in 2011. 

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title New Perspectives on Mineral Nucleation and Growth
  • Book Subtitle From Solution Precursors to Solid Materials
  • Editors Alexander E.S. Van Driessche
    Matthias Kellermeier
    Liane G. Benning
    Denis Gebauer
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Earth and Environmental Science Earth and Environmental Science (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-45667-6
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-83342-2
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-45669-0
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XI, 380
  • Number of Illustrations 25 b/w illustrations, 74 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Mineralogy
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