Special Issue "Speciation and Characterization of Transition Metals and Rare Earth Elements"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2019

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Ernesto Mesto

Department of Earth and Geo-environmental Sciences, University of Bari “Aldo Moro”, 70121 Bari, Italy
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Interests: mineralogy; crystallography; X-ray diffraction; X-ray photoelctron spectroscopy; phyllosilicates; mixed-framework microporous minerals

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This special issue addresses research topics dealing with the speciation and characterization of transition metals and rare earth elements in minerals, rocks, or sediments.

Transition metals are very important in many geochemical processes. Many factors affect their reactivity in the environment, for instance their oxidation state reflects the redox condition of the environment. In addition, the transition metals can play a key role into the crystal-chemistry of the minerals. Therefore, the characterization of the transition metals can provide valuable information about the petrogenetic conditions of the host rocks, while the understanding of their mineralogical and crystal-chemical aspects can suggest paths to the synthesis of innovative materials.

Rare earth elements (REEs) are another critical issue. In geology, REEs can be used as natural tracers of specific geological processes or as indicators of geochemical signatures. In materials science, they are used in many electronical devices or for the production of catalysts, phosphors, and polishing compounds. For these reasons, all of these elements are expected to experience rising demand.

The special issue is intended to be an international venue for mineralogists, geologists, and geochemists to publish new research with a focus on transition metals and REEs and on promising techniques for their full characterization in geological materials.

Dr. Ernesto Mesto
Guest Editor

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.


  • Transition metals
  • Rare earth elements
  • Speciation
  • Crystallography
  • Geochemical characterization

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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