Special Issue "Advances in Economic Minerals"
A special issue of Minerals (ISSN 2075-163X).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 August 2012).
Recent concern about available resources for rare and scarce commodities has led to the concept of criticality of ore minerals and associated metals. The two central dimensions of criticality are importance in use and availability. Critical minerals and metals (e.g., Sb, In, Be, Nb, PGM, Ga, REE, Ge, Ta, etc) are thus defined by the risks for supply shortage and their impacts on emerging technologies. Availability reflects firstly considerations on distribution and abundance of critical minerals and secondly knowledge of efficient extraction and processing methods. The purpose of this special issue “Advances in Economic Minerals” is to publish recent research that focuses on sulphide and oxide ore mineralogy and mineral chemistry as well as mineral technology. The special issue will highlight recent advances in both fundamental and applied studies across a wide range of areas involved in the formation of ore-grade concentrations of critical minerals, as well as the application of mineralogical and geochemical methods to exploration, ore dressing, and waste management.
Prof. Dr. Michael Meyer
- ore mineralogy
- mineral chemistry
- high-tech metals
- ore deposits