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Niobium

Niobium

What is Niobium and Where Do I Use It? Niobium (Nb), also known as Columbium (Cb) in the USA, is a soft, silvery transition metal. It has chemical properties very similar to Tantalum (Ta) making it difficult to distinguish the two and it was only confirmed as a separate element by Charles Hatchett in 1801. […]

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Natural Graphite

Graphite

What Is Graphite And Where Do I Use It? Graphite (chemical symbol C) is one of the purest and most crystalline forms of carbon and can be either mined or synthetically made. Natural graphite powders are mined and occur in 3 different forms: vein, amorphous (actually microcrystalline) and flake. Synthetic graphite powders are made from […]

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Magnesium

Magnesium

What Is Magnesium and Where Do I Use It? Magnesium (chemical symbol Mg) is the eighth most abundant metal comprising 2.1% of the earth’s surface. Magnesium is a metal which does not occur in its elemental form in nature, but is found in different forms in minerals (dolomite, magnesite, carnallite) as well as in seawater […]

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Beryllium

Beryllium

What Is Beryllium And Where Do I Use It? Beryllium (Chemical symbol Be – fourth element of the Periodic table) is a naturally occurring critical material which is used in a variety of highly-innovative industry sectors such as the automotive, aerospace, defence, consumer electronics, electrical engineering and medical equipment sectors. Beryllium is very light and rigid with a density […]

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Antimony

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What Is Antimony and Where Do I Use It? Antimony (Chemical symbol Sb) is classified as a minor metal, growing in strategic importance. It can be found in over 100 difference mineral species, typically in association with elements such as mercury, silver and gold. The principle ore mineral of antimony is stibnite. The main use […]

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Tungsten

Tungsten

What Is Tungsten and Where Do I Use It? Tungsten, also known as wolfram, is a chemical element with the chemical symbol W and atomic number 74. It is a shiny, silvery-white metal. It has the highest melting point of all metals and is alloyed with other metals to strengthen them. Tungsten and its alloys are […]

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Heavy Rare Earths

Rare Earths

What Are REE’s And Where Do I Use Them? The term rare earth elements (REEs) describes 17 different elements which have a unique set of properties that makes them very difficult to substitute. They lie at the bottom of the periodic table of elements. The definition of a LREE and HREE is based on the […]

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Light Rare Earths

Rare Earths

What Are REE’s And Where Do I Use Them? The term rare earth elements (REEs) describes 17 different elements which have a unique set of properties that makes them very difficult to substitute. They lie at the bottom of the periodic table of elements. The definition of a LREE and HREE is based on the […]

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Phosphate Rock

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What Is Phosphate Rock And Where Do I Use It? Phosphate rock is formed in oceans in the form of calcium phosphate, called phosphorite. The phosphorus is an essential element for life and cannot be replaced. Phosphate rock is used for its phosphorus content, to produce fertilizer, feed, food and pharmaceutical product. Where is Phosphate […]

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PGMS

Platinum

What Are Platinum Group Metals (PGMs) And Where Do I Use Them? PGM’s refer to the ‘platinum group metals’ There are six (6) PGM’s: palladium/platinum/rhodium/iridium/osmium/ruthenium Catalysts: petroleum refining, petrochemical processing, air pollution control (mobile for gasoline & diesel vehicles & stationary abatement) Electronics: computer hard drives, fuel cells, thermocouples, multilayer ceramic capacitors, plasma display screens, […]

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