This workshop focuses on a range of trace elements, including the Platinum Group Metals, Rare Earth Elements, and Nb, Ta, Ga, In, Tl, Ge and Te, which are increasingly exploited and emitted due to their use in new technologies in the fields of communication, mobility and energy.
Limited resources and supplies make most of these elements technology-critical elements (TCE*) of strategic importance, and initiatives at national and international levels are therefore underway to secure their availability in the coming years. However, for most of these metals/metalloids, the present understanding of their concentrations, transformation and transport in the different environmental compartments is scarce and/or contradictory. Because of their (i) increasing use, (ii) poorly understood biogeochemical behavior and (iii) potential toxicity, TCEs and other rare trace elements are emerging inorganic contaminants of substantial concern.
*Ga, Ge, In, Nb, Ta, Te, Tl, Pt group elements (Ir, Os, Pd, Pt, Rh, Ru) and rare earth elements (Ce, Dy, Eu, Gd, La, Lu, Nd, Pr, Sm, Tb, Y, Yb)
Abstract submission deadline:
1 September 2016