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

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