Special Issue

Topic: Coal-related Resources and Their Recovery and Applications

A Special Issue of Minerals and Mineral Materials

ISSN 2832-269X (Online)

Submission deadline: 15 Mar 2024

Guest Editor(s)

Dr. Wencai Zhang
Department of Mining and Minerals Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA, USA.
Dr. Biao Fu
Zhongyuan Critical Metals Laboratory, Zhengzhou University, Zhengzhou, Henan, China.

Special Issue Introduction

Coal, possessing vast reserves as a fossil energy source, has historically played a pivotal role in electricity generation and the iron/steel manufacturing sector. Nevertheless, the detrimental environmental consequences stemming from carbon emissions have catalyzed a shift away from coal-generated electricity. This transition is driven by a growing preference for cleaner and more sustainable energy alternatives. Concurrently, the iron and steel industry are witnessing a transformation as it leans towards greener reducing agents and fuels, gradually supplanting coal's dominance in this field. However, beyond its conventional roles as a fuel source and reducing agent, coal possesses a spectrum of untapped properties that can be harnessed for generating economic benefits. Additionally, numerous individuals and communities rely on coal as a vital means of sustenance. Therefore, the need to use coal in sustainable manners is becoming more and more important. The primary aim of this Special Issue is to assemble top-tier studies that make significant contributions to the advancement of this field. The subareas that will be discussed in this Special Issue include:

1. New findings or techniques for recognizing coal organic structure and inorganic components;

2. Advanced coal preparation and cleaning technologies;

3. Critical mineral recovery from coal and coal-related resources;

4. Graphite and other high-value carbon product generation from coal;

5. Other aspects related to the new utilizations of coal and coal-related resources.

This Special Issue welcomes original research articles, short communications, and review articles.


Advanced coal preparation and cleaning, advanced coal utilization, critical minerals recovery

Submission Deadline

15 Mar 2024

Submission Information

For Author Instructions, please refer to https://www.oaepublish.com/minerals/author_instructions
For Online Submission, please login at https://oaemesas.com/login?JournalId=mmm&SpecialIssueId=MMM230731
Submission Deadline: 15 Mar 2024
Contacts: Ruby Zhang, Assistant Editor, ruby_editor@minerminermater.com

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ISSN 2832-269X (Online)


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