Book: The Rare Earth Elements - An Introduction
This book, writtenby J.H.L. Voncken, deals with the rare earth elements (REE), which are a series of 17 transition metals: scandium, yttrium and the lanthanide series.
They are relatively unknown to the wider public, despite their numerous applications and their critical role in many high-tech applications.
This book describes the history of their discovery, the major REE ore minerals and ore deposits, the physical and chemical properties, the mineral processing of concentrates and their extractive metallurgy, applications of the REE, their economic aspects and the recycling of the REE, which is an emerging field.