Special Issue "ICP-MS Analysis for Rare Earth Elements"

A special issue of Minerals (ISSN 2075-163X). This special issue belongs to the section "Mineral Geochemistry and Geochronology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 May 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Stanislav Strekopytov
Guest Editor
Solid State Analysis and Bio-imaging, LGC, Middlesex, TW11 0LY, UK
Interests: geochemistry; ICP-MS analysis; rare earth elements; environmental geochemistry; low-temperature geochemistry; trace elements

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Rare earth elements (REE), because of their coherent (geo)chemical properties, can be used as tracers of reactions and sources of materials within magmatic, hydrothermal and sedimentary systems. Over many decades, the improvements in the precision, accuracy and detection limits of analytical methods have been critical in establishing the role of these elements as universal tracers across the geo- and biosciences. Currently, ICP-MS is the most common method to determine the REE in a variety of matrices, including rocks, minerals, meteorites, sediments, soils, plants, dust and aerosols. This Special Issue provides a great opportunity to report advances both in the ICP-MS analysis of REE and the interpretation of results for particular geochemical and biogeochemical systems. In spite of the methodology being well established, it is still essential to understand constrains placed by both the sample preparation and the ICP-MS analysis itself, making this Special Issue a suitable forum to discuss them.

Dr. Stanislav Strekopytov
Guest Editor

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  • rare earth elements
  • ICP-MS
  • sample preparation
  • geochemistry
  • geochemical tracers

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The Geochronology and Geochemistry of Zircon as Evidence for the Reconcentration of REE in the Triassic Period in the Chungju Area, South Korea
Minerals 2020, 10(1), 49; https://doi.org/10.3390/min10010049 - 05 Jan 2020
The Chungju rare-earth element (REE) deposit is located in the central part of the Okcheon Metamorphic Belt (OMB) in the Southern Korean Peninsula and research on REE mineralization in the Gyemyeongsan Formation has been continuous since the first report in 1989. The genesis [...] Read more.
The Chungju rare-earth element (REE) deposit is located in the central part of the Okcheon Metamorphic Belt (OMB) in the Southern Korean Peninsula and research on REE mineralization in the Gyemyeongsan Formation has been continuous since the first report in 1989. The genesis of the REE mineralization that occurred in the Gyemyeongsan Formation has been reported by previous researchers; theories include the fractional crystallization of alkali magma, magmatic hydrothermal alteration, and recurrent mineralization during metamorphism. In the Gyemyeongsan Formation, we discovered an allanite-rich vein that displays the paragenetic relationship of quartz, allanite, and zircon, and we investigated the chemistry and chronology of zircon obtained from this vein. We analyzed the zircon’s chemistry with an electron probe X-ray micro analyzer (EPMA) and laser ablation inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS). The grain size of the zircon is as large as 50 µm and has an inherited core (up to 15 µm) and micrometer-sized sector zoning (up to several micrometers in size). In a previous study, the zircon ages were not obtained because the grain size was too small to analyze. In this study, we analyzed the zircon with laser ablation multi-collector inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (LA-MC-ICP-MS) for dating purposes. The REE patterns and occurrence of zircon in the quartz–allanite vein match well with previous reported recrystallized zircon, while the behavior of the trace elements shows differences with magmatic and hydrothermal zircon. The 206Pb/238U ages obtained from the zircon in the quartz–allanite vein are from 240.1 ± 2.9 to 257.1 ± 3.5 Ma and this age is included in the tectonic evolution period of the study area. Therefore, we suggest that the quartz–allanite veins in the Gyemyeongsan Formation were formed during the late Permian to early Triassic metamorphic period and the zircon was recrystallized at that time. The Triassic age is the first reported age with zircon dating in the Gyemyeongsan Formation and will be an important data-point for the study of the tectonic evolution of the OMB. Full article
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Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Title: Rare earth elements in the environment: Methodological aspects of elemental and isotopic analysis and data interpretation
Authors: Stanislav Strekopytov and Dmitry Malinovsky
Keywords:  ICP-MS, fingerprinting, cerium anomaly, europium anomaly, MC-ICP-MS, isotope fractionation

Title: Trace elemental and multi -isotopic (Sr-Nd-Pb) characterization and discrimination analysis of jadeitite sources in the Greater Caribbean: Implications for precolonial inter-islands exchange networks
Authors: Knaf, A.C.S., Habiba, H., Shafie, T., Koornneef, J.M., Hertwig, A., Cárdenas Párraga, J.,  Harlow, G.E., García-Casco, A., Schertl, H.-P., Maresch, W.V., Hofman, C.L. , Brandes, U., Davies, G.R.

Title: Discriminating formation and accumulation processes for rare-earth elements in Fe-Mn deposits of the Atlantic Ocean by using mathematically assessed ICP-MS methodology
Authors: Blokhin M.G., Zarubina N.V., Mikhailik P.E., Elovskiy E.V., Ivanova Yu.M., González F.J., Somoza L.
Keywords: inductively coupled plasma mass-spectrometry, rare-earth elements, certified reference materials, ferromanganese deposits, Atlantic Ocean

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