Special Issue "Thallium: Mineralogy, Geochemistry and Ore Processes"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 August 2018)
Thallium (Z = 81) is either chalcophile or lithophile. It is widely distributed within the Earth’s continental crust and is more abundant than other well-known elements, such as Ag, Sb, and Hg. Nonetheless, its availability is limited due to its tendency to substitute alkaline metals in rock-forming minerals. Consequently, the occurrence of thallium minerals or the presence of high-thallium concentrations within rocks should be considered as exceptional.
Such occurrences are of outstanding significance for both the environment and global economy. Indeed, thallium is toxic to living organisms, being more toxic to humans than other heavy elements. Notwithstanding its toxicity, thallium is a high-valued element (7200 $·kg-1 in 2015), owing to its applications in current and future high-tech industry. Therefore, it is fascinating chemistry, its high toxicity, and its increasing economic value make the element thallium and its compounds of particular interest and of environmental concern.
This Special Issue welcomes contributions on thallium mineralogy, geochemistry, and ore geology, helping to describe the intriguing crystal-chemistry of such a compound, its variable geochemistry, and to give further insights in the ore processes related to the formation of thallium-bearing ore deposits.
Dr. Cristian Biagioni
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Massimo D’Orazio
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- thallium ore geology
- thallium geochemistry