The rare earths represent a group of chemical elements, the lanthanides, together with scandium and yttrium, which exhibit similar chemical properties.  They are strategically important to developed and developing nations as they have a wide variety of applications in catalysis, the defense industry, aerospace, the materials and life sciences and in sustainable energy technologies.

The Handbook on the Physics and Chemistry of the Rare Earths is a continuing authoritative series that deals with the science and technology of the rare earth elements in an integrated manner. Each chapter is a comprehensive, up-to-date, critical review of a particular segment of the field. The work offers the researcher and graduate student a complete and thorough coverage of this fascinating field.

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Table of Contents

Series Page


Contents of Volumes 1–42

Index of Contents of Volumes 1–43

Chapter 254. Lanthanidomesogens

Abbreviations and Symbols

1. Introduction

2. Overview of LCs and Mesophases

3. Characterization of Mesophases

4. Schiff’s Base Complexes

5. β-Enaminoketonate Complexes

6. β-Diketonate Complexes

7. Bis(benzimidazolyl)pyridine Complexes

8. Phthalocyanine Complexes

9. Porphyrin Complexes

10. Lanthanide Alkanoates

11. Polyoxometalate-Surfactant Complexes

12. Miscellaneous Thermotropic Lanthanidomesogens

13. Lyotropic Lanthanidomesogens

14. Physical Properties

15. Actinidomesogens

16. Conclusions and Outlook


Chapter 255. Recycling of Rare Earths from Scrap


1. Introduction

2. Permanent Magnets

3. Phosphors

4. Batteries

5. Polishing Powders, Optical Glass, and Catalysts

6. Concluding Remarks


Chapter 256. Ionic Liquids: New Hopes for Efficient Lanthanide/Actinide Extraction and Separation?

List of abbreviations

1. Introduction

2. Ionic Liquids: Some Facts and Figures

3. Liquid–Liquid Extraction of Rare Earths and Actinides

4. ILs as Replacement Solvents: Mm+/HX//L/IL Systems

5. ILs as new Extracting Agents: Mm+/HX//IL/Org or Mm+/HX//IL1/IL2 Systems

6. ILs as Pure Extracting Phases: Mm+/HX//IL Systems

7. ILs as Additives to Traditional Systems: Mm+/HX//(L+IL)/Org

8. Toward a Mechanistic Understanding of Extraction in ILs

9. Conclusion


Chapter 257. Structural Properties of Lanthanides at Ultra High Pressure


1. Introduction

2. Lanthanum

3. Cerium

4. Praseodymium


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About the editors

J.-C. Bünzli

Affiliations and Expertise

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne, Switzerland

Vitalij Pecharsky

Professor V.K. Pecharsky is an active researcher in the field of structure-physical property relationships of rare earth-based intermetallic compounds. He co-authored over 250 papers published in peer reviewed journals and as chapters in books, holds 10 patents, mostly related to preparation and processing rare earth-based alloys.

Affiliations and Expertise

Ames Laboratory, Iowa State University, Ames, IA, USA