Chapter 1. Introduction to the Lanthanides

  1. Simon Cotton

Published Online: 20 JUN 2006

DOI: 10.1002/0470010088.ch1

Lanthanide and Actinide Chemistry

Lanthanide and Actinide Chemistry

How to Cite

Cotton, S. (2006) Introduction to the Lanthanides, in Lanthanide and Actinide Chemistry, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/0470010088.ch1

Author Information

  1. Uppingham School, Uppingham, Rutland, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 20 JUN 2006
  2. Published Print: 13 JAN 2006

Book Series:

  1. Inorganic Chemistry

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470010051

Online ISBN: 9780470010082



  • lanthanide chemistry;
  • lanthanide extraction and separation;
  • lanthanide ores;
  • ion-exchange chromatography;
  • lanthanide cation-exchange chromatography;
  • automated continuous counter-current circuit;
  • lanthanon separation by solvent extraction;
  • lanthanide contraction


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Characteristics of the Lanthanides

  • The Occurrence and Abundance of the Lanthanides

  • Lanthanide Ores

  • Extracting and Separating the Lanthanides

  • The Position of the Lanthanides in the Periodic Table

  • The Lanthanide Contraction