Handbook on the Physics and Chemistry of Rare Earths

Handbook on the Physics and Chemistry of Rare Earths

Including Actinides

1st Edition - October 19, 2012

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  • Editors: J.-C. Bunzli, Vitalij Pecharsky
  • eBook ISBN: 9780444595348

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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


Researchers working on rare earth materials, scientists and engineers in the rare earth industry, university libraries, research institutes

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

Product details

  • No. of pages: 638
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © North Holland 2012
  • Published: October 19, 2012
  • Imprint: North Holland
  • eBook ISBN: 9780444595348

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

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