Simple and efficient method for detection of traces of rare earth elements in minerals by raman spectroscopy instrumentation

Petre Makreski, Gligor Jovanovski*, Tomče Runčevski, Radojko Jaćimović


As an effort to increase the knowledge about the abundance, distribution and geochemical behavior
of the rare earth elements (REEs), a simple and effective Raman spectroscopic method for detection of REEs
in minerals is proposed. The proposed method based on Raman spectroscopy provides a lower detection
limit for REEs compared to the modern analytical techniques. It could be practiced even in laboratories
equipped only with FT-Raman instrumentation. This simple, inexpensive, rapid and straightforward Raman
method for REEs detection in minerals is a convenient experiment for undergraduate and postgraduate
laboratory courses.


education; Raman spectroscopy; minerals; rare-earth elements

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