Special Issue "Evolution of Li-rich Brines"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Linda Godfrey

Earth and Planetary Sciences, Rutgers University, Piscataway, NJ, USA
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Interests: lithium cycle; trace metal geochemistry; stable metal isotope geochemistry; radiogenic isotope tracers; geochemistry of surface processes; paleoclimate; water resources
Co-Guest Editor
Dr. Lisa Stillings

Geology, Minerals, Energy, and Geophysics Science Center (GMEG), U.S. Geological Survey MS-176, University of Nevada-Reno Reno, NV 89557, USA
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Interests: mineral weathering kinetics; chemical interactions at the mineral-water interface; trace element geochemistry; the geochemistry and mineralogy of lithium deposits

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The demand for lithium, worldwide, has increased dramatically over the last decade due to its application in energy-rich batteries used in electric and hybrid cars. Lithium is extracted with the lowest costs from continental brine. In 2017, almost 50% of the Li mined worldwide was from brine confined in two hydrologically-closed basins within the climatologically dry Central Andes of Northern Chile and Northwest Argentina. Lithium-enriched brine has been recognized in other geological settings, such as geothermal systems, deep basins and oilfields, while basins which have been closed for geologically long periods of time may contain lithium-poor brine.

We invite the submission of papers to this Special Issue that focus on our current understanding of how brine with economically-viable lithium concentrations form. We encourage papers that include, but are not limited to, evaluation of the primary source of Li; geochemical processes that occur as surface and groundwater evolve into Li-rich brine; and the characteristics of the geologic environments in which these brines are found.

Dr. Linda Godfrey
Dr. Lisa Stillings
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Minerals is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1400 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • lithium cycle
  • water-rock interaction
  • salt lakes and playas
  • evaporative enrichment
  • geothermal brine
  • basin brine
  • isotope tracers

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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