Stephanie Teich-McGoldrick, Sandia National Laboratories
Many critical geochemical phenomena occur at mineral-fluid interfaces, including adsorption, nucleation, dissolution, and growth. These are complex phenomena due to the physical and chemical heterogeneity of minerals, the competition between various reaction pathways, and the often significant variations in fluid structure and composition at interfaces. As a result, experimental techniques with ever improving spatial, temporal, and chemical resolution have been developed and applied to interrogate mineral-fluid reactions in situ and in real time. In parallel, computational methods that can span increasing spatial and temporal scales are becoming widely available, allowing quantitative predictions of geochemical reactivity. We invite contributions from studies that showcase recent advances in probing and understanding mineral-fluid interfaces using both experimental and computational techniques. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, heterogeneous nucleation and growth at the surface of common minerals such as carbonates, metal oxides, and phyllosilicates, the role of mineral-fluid interfaces in the (bio)geochemical cycling of major and critical elements and in the fate and transport of contaminants, the effect of secondary species on mineral dissolution and growth, and the structure and reactivity of mineral surfaces in pure and mixed fluids.
Confirmed invited speakers: Jose Cerrato (University of New Mexico), Owen Duckworth (North Carolina State University), Sabine Goldberg (USDA), Sara Mason (University of Iowa), Chongzheng Na (University of Notre Dame), R. Lee Penn (University of Minnesota), David Singer (Kent State University), Dongbo Wang (NIST), and Jianwei Wang (Louisiana State University).