Standard Textbook Accounts of increasing degree of sophistication:

J.E. Huheey, E.A. & R.L. Keiter, Inorganic Chemistry, 4th ed., HarperCollins, N.Y., 1993 p. 599-617

A.G. Sharpe, Inorganic Chemistry, 3rd ed., Longmans, London, 1992 Ch. 1, 26, 27

N.N. Greenwood & A. Earnshaw, Chemistry of the Elements, 2nd ed., Butterworth-Heinman, London, 1997 Ch. 30, 31

F.A. Cotton & G. Wilkinson, Advanced Inorganic Chemistry, 5th ed., Wiley, N.Y., 1988 Ch. 20, 21

C.S.G. Phillips & R.J.P. Williams, Inorganic Chemistry, OUP, Oxford, 1966 Vol. 2, Ch. 21, 22

Books on lanthanides and actinides

S.A. Cotton, Lanthanides and Actinides, Macmillan, London, 1991 pp. 191

Open University, The Chemistry of the Lanthanides and the Transactinium Elements, Open University Press, Milton Keynes, 1977 S304 (The Nature of Chemistry) Unit 27 pp. 61

G.T. Seaborg & W.D. Loveland, The Elements beyond Uranium, Wiley, N.Y., 1990 (An enjoyable account of trans-uranium elements by the discoverer of many)

J.J. Katz, G.T. Seaborg & L.R. Morss, The Chemistry of the Actinides, 2nd ed., Chapman & Hall, London, 1986 (a major reference work, see especially Ch. 14 Summary & Comparative Aspects)

Books with useful sections

D.A. Johnson, Some Thermodynamic Aspects of Inorganic Chemistry, 2nd ed., CUP, Cambridge, 1982 p. 158-193 (a very good account of the thermodynamic underpinning of lanthanide/actinide chemistry)

S.F.A. Kettle, Physical Inorganic Chemistry, Freeman, N.Y., 1996, Ch 11. (f-Electron Systems)

R.D. Cowan, Theory of Atomic Structure & Spectra, UCP, Berkley, 1981 p. 598-613 (Lanthanide/Actinide Configurations)

J.A. Cowan, Inorganic Biochemistry, VCH, Weinheim, 1993 p. 300-307 (Ln3+ probes in biology)

C. Elschenbroich & A. Salzer, Organometallics, a Concise Introduction, 2nd ed., VCH, Weinheim, 1992 p. 363-5 (Uranocene) p. 442-445 (organolanthanides)

T. Imamoto, Lanthanides in Organic Synthesis, Academic Press, London, 1994 parts of Ch. 4, 5, 6

P.A. Cox, The Electronic Structure and Chemistry of Solids, OUP, 1987, p.137-145 (Lanthanides)

A.R. West, Solid State Chemistry, Wiley, London, 1984 Ch. 16 (Magnetism), Ch 17. (Optical Properties)

K. Kosuge, Chemistry of Non-Stoichiometric Compounds, OUP, 1994 p. 219-230 (Hydrogen-absorption)

Article of Interest

W.B. Jensen, The Positions of Lanthanum(Actinium) and Lutetium(Lawrencium) in the Periodic Table, Journal of Chemical Education, 1982, 59, p. 634-636

Lanthanides & Actinides on the World-Wide Web

Periodicity & Physical Data:

Mark Winter's WebElements: Invaluable compilation of data on the elements, accessed via a Periodic Table interface

In Search of ... Elements: descriptions of the discovery of elements

AMODS Atomic Energy Levels for Lanthanides from the Korean Atomic Energy Research Institute

Production & Supply of Lanthanides:

Molycorp: One of the world's largest supplier of Lanthanides from a huge deposit of Bastnaesite in the Sierra Nevada, California, USA

Pacific Industrial Development Corporation (PIDC): - suppliers of rare earth compounds

Lanthanide & Actinide Chemistry:

Lanthanide & Actinide complexes with Calixarenes: Mark Ogden's homepage contains entertaining displays of animated molecular models of some complexes

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Current Research in Organo-Actinide Chemistry: A poster by Carol J. Burns, Los Alamos National Lab., USA

Lanthanides in Technology:

Sandia National Lab.: Hydrogen Storage with Metals and Alloys

The Luminescent Lanthanide Homepage

Luminescent Lanthanide Labelling for DNA Sequencing

Nuclear Technology:

British Nuclear Fuels

Nuclear Materials Technology Division of Los Alamos National Laboratory, USA

Superheavy Elements:

Heavy Ion Research at GSI, Darmstadt, Germany