Exploration, Mining, and Processing of Minerals: Enabling the Clean Energy Transition

A special issue of Minerals (ISSN 2075-163X).

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School of Mining and Metallurgical Engineering, National Technical University of Athens, 15780 Athens, Greece
Interests: processing; metallurgy; geochemistry; environmental technologies for waste treatment; contaminated soils and groundwater; risk assessment
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Department of Mineralogy, Petrology and Economic Geology, Faculty of Geology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, 54124 Thessaloniki, Greece
Interests: ore deposits; porphyry-epithermal mineralization; mineralogy; geochemistry; fluid inclusions
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to announce the launch of a new Special Issue of Minerals entitled "Exploration, Mining, and Processing of Minerals: Enabling the Clean Energy Transition", which will mainly reflect the latest research presented at the RawMat2023 conference, and also welcomes manuscripts with the same theme from around the world. Compiling the findings of one of the largest gatherings of professionals in the field of raw materials, this Special Issue will show the latest research and innovations in the exploration, mining, and processing of minerals.

As the world transitions to a low-carbon economy, the demand for minerals essential to clean energy technologies has skyrocketed. However, exploring and extracting these minerals sustainably and responsibly pose significant challenges. This Special Issue will highlight cutting-edge research and technologies that can address these challenges and enable a sustainable and responsible transition to clean energy.

The papers in this Special Issue will cover a broad range of topics, including mineral exploration, sustainable mining practices, innovative mineral processing techniques, and the development of new, sustainable materials for clean energy technologies. The issue will also include case studies and real-world examples of successful initiatives and projects aimed at enabling the clean energy transition.

This issue promises to be a valuable resource for researchers, industry professionals, policymakers, and anyone interested in the exploration, mining, and processing of minerals for the clean energy transition. We look forward to receiving and publishing high-quality research papers that showcase the latest advancements in this critical field.

Prof. Dr. Anthimos Xenidis
Prof. Dr. Konstantinos Komnitsas
Prof. Dr. Vasilios Melfos
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Keywords

  • mineral deposits
  • mineral exploration
  • mining
  • processing
  • critical elements
  • strategic metals
  • energy transition

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Electrochemical Behavior of Natural Manganese Oxides: Transforming Mining Waste into Energy Storage Materials
by George Soulamidis, Maria Kourmousi, Christiana A. Mitsopoulou and Christina Stouraiti
Minerals 2024, 14(5), 455; https://doi.org/10.3390/min14050455 - 26 Apr 2024
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The present research explores the potential of manganese oxide waste ore in energy storage applications, focusing on supercapacitors. The investigation assesses the electrochemical capabilities of natural manganese oxides obtained from the Drama region, which has been the main mining center of Greece for [...] Read more.
The present research explores the potential of manganese oxide waste ore in energy storage applications, focusing on supercapacitors. The investigation assesses the electrochemical capabilities of natural manganese oxides obtained from the Drama region, which has been the main mining center of Greece for manganese ore, especially that of battery-grade quality. Samples were collected from abandoned mining sites in the Kato Nevrokopi area, Drama. The structure and composition of the manganese minerals were determined by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Electrochemical tests involved the preparation of electrodes using natural nsutite and heat-treated nsutite (hausmannite). Then, the designed electrodes were subjected to cyclic voltammetry tests and charge–discharge measurements. The hausmannite electrode exhibited a higher specific capacitance of 667 F/g at a current density of 0.2 A/g, and the electrode material retained 98.3% of its initial capacitance after 1000 cycles. This study provides new perspectives on simple and efficient methods for transforming natural nsutite material from mining waste to hausmannite with greater structural homogeneity and better electrochemical behavior. Full article
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