Special Issue "The Fascinating World of Lithium"

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Environmental Science and Engineering".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 May 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Maria Orquídia Teixeira Neves
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1) Department of Civil Engineering, Architecture and Georesources, Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon, 1041-001 Lisbon, Portugal
2) CERENA (Centro de Recursos Naturais e Ambiente), 1041-001 Lisbon, Portugal
Interests: medical geology; water health benefits; exposure assessment; water-soils-plants quality; biomarkers; mineral resources; environmental pollution
Prof. Dr. José Manuel Marques
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Guest Editor
1) Department of Civil Engineering, Architecture and Georesources, Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon, 1049-001 Lisbon, Portugal
2) CERENA (Centro de Recursos Naturais e Ambiente), 1041-001 Lisbon, Portugal
Interests: hydrogeology; water-rock interaction; thermal and mineral waters; groundwater pollution and protection; geothermal resources
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Dear Colleagues, 

Lithium, which occurs widely in nature, generally in trace concentrations, has been in the list of Critical Raw Materials since September 2020.

The peculiarities of lithium give it important properties that make it useful in many areas, such as the nuclear industry, industrial production processes, high-tech applications (e.g., ultra-large telescope optics), military applications, earth science process studies (e.g., geochronometers, weathering thermostats), medicine (e.g., treatment of psychiatric affective disorders), and emerging clean and alternative energies (e.g., rechargeable batteries) for electric mobility. In both lithium applications and lithium extraction and innovative and sustainable technologies, we can expect major changes to occur in the near future. Progress towards lithium recovery and waste recycling and understanding the mechanism by which lithium exerts its effects on the human body are other challenges to be overcome in the future.

Since lithium has, for a long time, played an important role in society, we invite colleagues from different disciplines to share their research on Li geological resources and economic exploitation, fields of application, future demands, environmental concerns, biochemistry mechanisms, and human health.

For this Special Issue of the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (IJERPH), original research papers, reviews, case reports, and conference papers are welcome.

Dr. Maria Orquídia Teixeira Neves
Prof. Dr. José Manuel Marques
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • lithium
  • Earth processes
  • natural resources
  • industrial applications
  • energy transition
  • recovery and recycling
  • waters and soils
  • food chain
  • biomonitoring
  • mental health

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The Present State of Lithium for the Prevention of Dementia Related to Alzheimer’s Dementia in Clinical and Epidemiological Studies: A Critical Review
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(15), 7756; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18157756 - 22 Jul 2021
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Despite the unavailability of essential anti-dementia drugs, lithium may inhibit glycogen synthase kinase-3 (GSK-3) and decrease beta-amyloid and hyper-phosphorylated tau. In this review, we hypothesized that trace to standard levels of lithium (i.e., corresponding to the therapeutic levels for bipolar disorder) may be [...] Read more.
Despite the unavailability of essential anti-dementia drugs, lithium may inhibit glycogen synthase kinase-3 (GSK-3) and decrease beta-amyloid and hyper-phosphorylated tau. In this review, we hypothesized that trace to standard levels of lithium (i.e., corresponding to the therapeutic levels for bipolar disorder) may be effective for dementia prevention. Excluding three insufficient level studies, we obtained two and one excellent clinical studies on standard and trace lithium levels, respectively, all of which supported the effects of lithium for dementia prevention. In addition, we identified good clinical and epidemiological studies (four each) on standard lithium levels, of which six studies supported the effects of lithium. Moreover, of three good epidemiological studies on trace lithium levels, two supported the aforementioned effects of lithium. The number of studies were substantially small, particularly those on trace lithium levels. Moreover, studies on standard lithium levels were insufficient to establish the efficacy of lithium for dementia prevention. This necessitates accumulating good or excellent clinical evidence for the effects of trace to standard lithium levels on dementia prevention. Full article
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