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Reactions at the mineral-water interface: environmental and industrial applications from nanoscale to macro scale
Convener: Encarnacion Ruiz-Agudo  | Co-Convener: Christine V. Putnis 
 / Wed, 20 Apr, 13:30–15:00
 / Attendance Wed, 20 Apr, 17:30–19:00

Dissolution and growth reactions occurring at mineral–fluid interfaces are important in all geochemical processes and essential for the cycling of elements within the Earth. The importance of understanding the nature of the fluid-mineral interfaces and the processes taking place cannot be overestimated, as has implications in every aspect of fluid–rock and fluid–mineral interaction and thus is fundamental to many natural and industrial processes, such as the interaction of minerals with CO2-saturated water, the durability of nuclear waste materials, the remediation of polluted water, nutrient availability, biomineralization, and scale formation, and mineral reactions that can destroy our stone-based cultural heritage.
We welcome contributions from research, experimental or computational, concerning fluid-mineral interfacial processes during crystal growth, dissolution and mineral replacement reactions. The main emphasis of this session is low temperature aqueous fluid reactions but other relevant conditions elucidating growth and dissolution processes are also applicable, including the chemical, physical or biological factors involved. The aim of the session is to bring together state-of-the-art research with the common theme of understanding mineral-fluid interfaces, the processes and mechanisms controlling interfacial reactions and their environmental and industrial applications.