Call for Papers for Special Issue: "Environmental Fate and Effects of Technology Critical Elements"

Our modern high-technology society and economy are increasingly dependent on so-called “technology-critical elements” (TCEs), which are vital in the manufacturing of a wide array of advanced and innovative technologies such as electronics, medical imaging, renewable energy, and even military applications. A raw material is defined as “critical” by their risks of supply shortage, subsequent impacts on the economy and the vitality of a nation’s security. Currently, several elements, groups of elements or minerals fall into this definition; 14 according to the European Commission and 35 according to the U.S. Department of the Interior.

Aside from direct losses to the environment through mining and smelting activities, these elements are known for their high dissipative losses. The progressively burdensome disposal of manufacturing waste arising from these technologies is now recognized as having potentially severe and unforeseen impacts on the natural environment, including animal and human food webs.

The priority list of objective elements of this special issue includes antimony, gallium, germanium, hafnium, indium, lithium, niobium, platinum group metals, the rare earth elements group, rhenium, scandium, tantalum, tellurium, tungsten, and zirconium.

We welcome manuscript describing original research from various disciplines, as topics of interest could be:

Analytical methods Fate in water, air, sediments and soilsBioaccumulation and trophodynamicsToxicityEcological risk assessmentSource identification.

Submission deadline: July 31st, 2020.

Authors are encouraged to send a short abstract or tentative title to the Guest Editors in advance (

To submit your manuscript please go to the Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology website ( and follow the procedures for manuscript submission.  When queried about whether your submission is targeted for a special issue, identify that you want to submit for the special issue on “Environmental Fate and Effects of Technology Critical Elements”.

Author Guidelines and Manuscript Submission can be found at

We look forward to receiving your manuscripts and thank you in advance for considering a contribution to the special issue on “Environmental Fate and Effects of Technology Critical Elements”.

Best wishes,

Guest Editors:

Huy Dang, Trent University, Canada

Montserrat Filella, University of Geneva, Switzerland

Dario Omanović, Ruđer Bošković Institute, Croatia.