IYPT 2019 Elements 046: Palladium: Catalysis and hydrogen storage

July 17th, 2019|

Element 46 in our International Year of the Periodic Table series is palladium. Another element that finds uses in the catalytic converters in our cars, palladium can also be used for hydrogen fuel storage and, more rarely, for making flutes.

[…]

IYPT 2019 Elements 045: Rhodium: Catalytic converters and jewellery

July 15th, 2019|

Element 45 in our International Year of the Periodic Table series is rhodium. This rare, unreactive element finds uses in the catalytic converters in our cars and in electroplated white gold jewellery.

[…]

IYPT 2019 Elements 044: Ruthenium: Fountain pens and fingerprinting

July 13th, 2019|

Element 44 in our International Year of the Periodic Table series is ruthenium. This element finds uses in electronics, fountain pens, and in some fingerprinting techniques.

[…]

IYPT 2019 Elements 043: Technetium: The periodic table’s first artificial element

July 11th, 2019|

Element 43 in our International Year of the Periodic Table series is technetium. The periodic table’s first artificially created element, its radioactivity allows it to be used in medical imaging.

[…]

IYPT 2019 Elements 042: Molybdenum: Alloys, lubricants and enzymes

July 9th, 2019|

Element 42 in our International Year of the Periodic Table series is molybdenum. Found in steel and used in lubricants in some engines, it’s also found in enzymes in our bodies that help us process sulfites in various foods.

[…]

IYPT 2019 Elements 041: Niobium: Particle accelerators and corrective glasses

July 8th, 2019|

Element 41 in our International Year of the Periodic Table series is niobium. A hypoallergenic metal, it’s found in superconducting magnets in particle accelerators, as well as in the glasses many of us wear to correct our vision.

[…]