Chemistry & Physics of Rare-Earth Materials

The Rare-Earth Elements

The rare-earths are a group of 17 elements comprising the metals of group 3 of the periodic table (scandium and yttrium) and the 15 lanthanides (lanthanum to lutetium). The term "rare-earth" is misleading, because these elements are more abundant than their name would suggest. The field of focus deals with the fundamental research of the chemistry and physics of molecular rare-earth compounds.