Grew a guest editor of a special edition of Elements magazine

Edward Grew, University of Maine research professor of Earth sciences, is co-guest editor, with Robert Bowell and Philip Pogge von Strandmann, of “Lithium: Less is More”, a special edition of Elements, an international magazine of mineralogy, geochemistry and petrology.

 The August 2020 issue also features an article by Grew, “The Minerals of Lithium.” Grew and the other contributing authors and editors are from four continents and seven coun­tries, “studying everything from isotope geochem­istry to mining to advanced batteries to medical biochemistry, while working in universities, national labs, technology and mining companies, consulting agencies and a medical center.”

From the Elements Editor’s comments:
“ The inspiration for “Lithium: Less is More” began three years ago back in April 2017 when Rob Bowell contacted the Elements editorial team about his idea for a thematic issue on economic lithium deposits. Because Elements’ readership is scientifically diverse and because lithium plays so many important roles in society, the editorial team encouraged Rob to broaden the scope of the proposed issue and to invite guest edi­tors to participate…Philip Pogge von Strandmann (an isotope geochemist) was invited to join the project. At the August 2017 Goldschmidt Conference in Paris (France), Ed Grew (a miner­ alogist/petrologist) also approached the Elements editorial team about the topic of lithium. We encouraged Ed to talk to Rob and Philip. Just days later, Rob, Philip and Ed met for the first time. None had worked with each other before, yet, over the next year, they worked together to develop a robust proposal, which was accepted in August 2018.”

In the Introductory article:“Perspective: The Little Cation That Could”, Roberta Rudnick at UC Santa Barbara  states:

“The name “lithium” derives from the Greek word for “stone” (lithos), because it was originally isolated from the mineral kingdom, in con- trast to then known alkalis of sodium and potassium (first isolated by electrolysis of chemical melts). The appellation “foundation stone of modern society” is entirely appropriate for Li, given the many usages it has found in modern society, such as its use in emerging alternative energies. Chances are that you are reading this on an electronic device (laptop, tablet, smart phone) that is powered by a lithium-ion battery. If you drive an electric or newer-model hybrid vehicle, you are carting around with you several tens of kilograms of lithium every time you drive. Lithium is an important lubricant and is used widely in the manufacture of glass and ceramics, because it acts as a powerful flux to reduce the melting temperature of materials. In terms of human health, lithium is also commonly employed to treat bi-polar disorders.”

Articles In Elements Volume 16, Number 4 • August 2020 Lithium: Less is More
Guest Editors: Robert J. Bowell, Philip Pogge von Strandmann, and Edward S. Grew
The Minerals of Lithium
Edward S. Grew

The Cosmic Lithium Story
Katharina Lodders

High-Temperature Processes:
Is it Time for Lithium Isotopes?
Horst R. Marshall and Ming Tang

Lithium and Lithium Isotopes in Earth’s Surface Cycles
Philip A.E. Pogge von Strandmann, Simone A. Kasemann, and Josh B. Wimpenny

Classification and Characteristics
of Natural Lithium Resources
Robert J. Bowell, Laura Lagos, Camilo R. de los Hoyos, and Julien Declercq

From Mine to Mind and Mobiles:
Society’s Increasing Dependence on Lithium Thomas Bibienne, Jean-François Magnan, Alexander Rupp, and Nicolas Laroche

Edward S. Grew is a research professor at the University of Maine (USA). He earned his BA from Dartmouth College (New Hampshire in, USA) and his PhD from Harvard University (Massachusetts, USA). He has participated in nine expeditions to Antarctica, was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Melbourne (Australia), and was a Humboldt Fellow at the Ruhr University (Bochum, Germany). His research has focused on metamorphic borosilicate assemblages and on the evolution of lithium, beryllium and boron minerals (with Robert M. Hazen). He edited the Mineralogical Society of America’s Reviews in Mineralogy & Geochemistry volumes on boron (v33) and beryllium (v50). In 2015, he was awarded the Collins Medal by the Mineralogical Society of Great Britain and Ireland and in 2017 was elected an honorary foreign member of the Russian Mineralogical Society.