Special Issue "Critical Metals in Hydrothermal Ores: Resources, Recovery, and Challenges"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 October 2020).
Interests: critical metals; geochemistry; analytical mineralogy
Interests: rare earth deposits; gold deposits; hydrothermal fluids
Interests: critical metal deposits; analytical mineralogy; mineral geochemistry
‘Critical’ or ’strategic’ metals are essential for the development of society and technologies; however, they are vulnerable to imbalances between supply and demand. An advanced understanding of the mineralogy and distribution of critical metals in hydrothermal ores is crucial for the exploitation of ores in which these elements are present at low concentrations, or are to be produced as a by-product from mining operations principally targeting other, more abundant commodities. Contributions focused on geochemistry, mineralogy, metallurgy, genesis and the exploration of critical metals in hydrothermal systems are encouraged for this Special Issue. Topics will encompass the new and novel understanding of critical metals in hydrothermal ores from a range of systems. These systems include, but are not limited to, VMS and marine hydrothermal systems, IOCG and IOA deposits, Pb-Zn deposits and other basin-hosted mineralisation and polymetallic deposits. The areas of interest include: traditional and non-traditional analytical approaches advancing critical metal characterization; the genesis of critical metals, geochemical behaviours of critical metals in simple and complex multi-sulphide systems, or where the critical metals are potentially also present in oxides, silicates or other co-existing minerals; techniques for extracting critical metals from hydrothermal ores; metal criticality assessment; challenges with respect to the responsible sourcing of critical metals from hydrothermal ores.
Dr. Lingli Zhou
Prof. Dr. Hongrui Fan
Dr. Thomas Ulrich
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- critical metals
- hydrothermal process
- mineral processing
- metal criticality assessment
- energy, resource and society