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Handbook on the Physics and Chemistry of Rare Earths - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780444595362, 9780444595348

Handbook on the Physics and Chemistry of Rare Earths, Volume 43

1st Edition

Including Actinides

Editors: J.-C. Bunzli Vitalij Pecharsky
Hardcover ISBN: 9780444595362
eBook ISBN: 9780444595348
Imprint: North Holland
Published Date: 19th October 2012
Page Count: 638
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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

5. Neodymium

6. Promethium

7. Samarium

8. Europium

9. Gadolinium

10. Terbium

11. Dysprosium

12. Holmium

13. Erbium

14. Thulium

15. Ytterbium

16. Lutetium

17. Summary and Outlook


Further reading

Chapter 258. Selected Values of the Thermodynamic Properties of Scandium, Yttrium, and the Lanthanide Elements

List of Acronyms and Symbols

1. Introduction

2. The Calculation of Thermodynamic Data

3. Thermodynamic Functions of Scandium

4. Thermodynamic Functions of Yttrium

5. Thermodynamic Functions of Lanthanum

6. Thermodynamic Functions of Cerium

7. Thermodynamic Functions of Praseodymium

8. Thermodynamic Functions of Neodymium

9. Thermodynamic Functions of Promethium

10. Thermal Functions of Samarium

11. Thermodynamic Functions of Europium

12. Thermodynamic Functions of Gadolinium

13. Thermodynamic Functions of Terbium

14. Thermodynamic Functions of Dysprosium

15. Thermodynamic Functions of Holmium

16. Thermodynamic Functions of Erbium

17. Thermodynamic Functions of Thulium

18. Thermodynamic Functions of Ytterbium

19. Thermodynamic Functions of Lutetium

20. Summary of Selected Thermodynamic Functions

21. Conclusions and Perspective


Author Index

Subject Index


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.

Key Features

  • Individual chapters are comprehensive, broad, critical reviews
  • Contributions are written by highly experienced, invited experts
  • Gives an up-to-date overview of developments in the field


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About the Editors

J.-C. Bunzli

Affiliations and Expertise

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne, Switzerland

Vitalij Pecharsky

Vitalij Pecharsky

V.K. Pecharsky received a combined BSc/MSc degree in Chemistry (1976) and a PhD degree in Inorganic Chemistry (1979) from Lviv State University (now Ivan Franko National University of Lviv) in Ukraine. He held a faculty appointment at the Department of Inorganic Chemistry at Lviv State University between 1979 and 1993, after which he moved to Ames, Iowa, where he became a staff member at the U.S. Department of Energy Ames Laboratory. In 1998 he accepted a faculty position at the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Iowa State University, while remaining associated with Ames Laboratory. He was named an Anson Marston Distinguished Professor of Engineering in 2006. He also serves as a Faculty Scientists, Field Work Project Leader, and Group Leader at Ames Laboratory. While in Lviv, V. Pecharsky was studying phase relationships and crystallography of ternary intermetallic compounds containing rare earths. After moving to Ames his research interests shifted to examining composition-structure-physical property relationship of rare-earth intermetallic compounds. Together with Karl Gschneidner, Jr., he discovered a new class of materials that exhibit the giant magnetocaloric effect in 1997, triggering worldwide interest in caloric materials and caloric cooling, which promises to become an energy-efficient, environmentally-friendly alternative to conventional vapor-compression approach. Today his research interest include synthesis, structure, experimental thermodynamics, physical and chemical properties of intermetallic compounds containing rare-earth metals; anomalous behavior of 4f-electron systems; magnetostructural phase transformations; physical properties of ultra-pure rare earth metals; caloric materials and systems; hydrogen storage materials; mechanochemistry, mechanically induced solid-state reactions and mechanochemical transformations. He organized the 28th Rare Earth Research Conference in Ames, Iowa in 2017. He serves as co-editor of the Handbook on the Physics and Chemistry of Rare Earths and senior editor of the Journal of Alloys and Compounds. He has published over 500 WOS papers (>22 600 cites, h factor = 60).

Affiliations and Expertise

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