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The "Heaviest" Heavy Rare Earth Element Lutetium
Tracy Weslosky, Editor, InvestorIntel
Source: REE Handbook

Lutetium, REE Collection, ProEdge Media Corp. Discovered by French chemist Georges Urbain in 1907 lutetium is the last and heaviest of the heavy rare earth elements (HREEs). It is also the most expensive of the lanthanide elements. An interesting fact is that is that lutetium was originally named lutecium and that its name was changed to its current spelling in 1949 to parallel the names of the other elements. The name is derived from the word lutetia, the ancient Latin name for Paris. Silvery bright and lustrous, lutetium is a soft, malleable and ductile metal. The oxide variant of lutetium is called lutetia which is a white or beige powder with a melting point of 2,487 °C.

The applications in which lutetium is used are diverse. In isotope form lutetium can be used for radiation therapy of small, soft tumors while lutetium crystals are used in medical scans at the molecular level. Lutetium is also used in lasers for meteorology to detect wind speed, direction, pollution and moisture. High refractive index optical lenses made with lutetium aluminum garnet (LuAG) are used in the manufacturing of high-tech integrated circuits.

Lutetium occurs in the Earth's crust at an average concentration of 0.5 parts per million. Resources of lutetium can occur worldwide in various geologic environments. It can be found in xenotime, synchisite-(Y), eudialyte-(Y), and ion adsorption ores and can be minded using various methods. Lutetium is often mined as a by-product of mining zircon and titanium or tin minerals.

Resources of lutetium have been found in Russia and Kyrgyzstan. Argillaceous marine sediments enriched in fossil fish remains at the Melovie deposit in Kazakhstan have also been previously recovered for their uranium and rare-earth content, including lutetium. In Canada lutetium has been found in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, the Northwest Territories and Quebec. Lutetium-bearing ores are primarily mined in the southern provinces of China, primarily Fujian, Guangdong, and Jiangxi, with a lesser number of deposits in Guangxi and Hunan. These deposits are mined by leaching methods (Hedrick, 2010).

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