Special Issue "All about Platinum-Group Minerals: From Geochemistry and Trace Element Composition to Mineral Association and Textures"

A special issue of Minerals (ISSN 2075-163X). This special issue belongs to the section "Mineral Geochemistry and Geochronology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 January 2024 | Viewed by 169

Special Issue Editor

Application Competence Center, Malvern Panalytical B.V., Lelyweg 1 (7602 EA), P.O. Box 13, 7600 AA Almelo, The Netherlands
Interests: indicator minerals; mineral exploration; till geochemistry; applied mineralogy; applied geochemistry; minerals chemistry; multivariate statistical methods; micro-analytical techniques; LA-ICP-MS

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The platinum-group elements (Os, Ir, Ru, Rh, Pd and Pt) or PGEs are the most valuable elements in nature and are of strategic importance given their growing application in advanced technologies. The PGEs share similar physicochemical properties, which result in their co-formation and co-existence in nature. These metals rarely occur in the bulk Earth crust, whilst due to their highly siderophile characteristics, they are mainly concentrated in the dense metallic core. Platinum group minerals (PGMs) constitute a very diverse group of PGE-dominated alloys and complexes. About 99% of the global PGE resources are hosted within magmatic sulfide deposits due to their high partition coefficients for sulfides in sulfur-saturated magmatic systems. However, geochemical characteristics of these elements allow them to be involved in a great variety of geological processes. In contrast to the PGMs associated with magmatic systems, there is a poor understanding of the mineralogy and geochemistry of PGMs associated with hydrothermal activities and their alteration under low temperature conditions and in the surficial environment. Thus, this Special Issue welcomes all contributions that can develop our insight into trace element compositions and mineral associations of PGMs from various geologic settings.

Dr. Sheida Makvandi
Guest Editor

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  • platinum group elements
  • geochemistry
  • trace element composition
  • mineral association
  • mineral exploration techniques

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