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  • Article - 23 Jul 2001
    Platinum (Pt) was discovered by Ulloa in 1735 and Wood in 1741. Platinum occurs as such naturally, together with negligible amounts of palladium, iridium, rhodium, osmium, and ruthenium.
  • Article - 19 Mar 2003
    A concise report on the state of play of the gold market relating to industrial applications. Current and future devlopments for the elcteronics biomaterials/dental, pharamaceuticals and catalyst...
  • Article - 15 Oct 2002
    Iridium competes for the title of the densest material known to man. It is hard and brittle and is also one of the most corrosion resistant metals known. Its occurrence, properties and applications...
  • Article - 3 Apr 2002
    While platinum is best known as a precious metal and use in jewellery and as an investment, it has several other key uses. Some of these include catalysts for automotive and chemical applications,...
  • Article - 23 Jan 2002
    With a history much shorter than that of gold, its use and discovery in the 1700's is described. Development of the platinum market through the 1800's and into more modern times is also covered....
  • Article - 7 Feb 2003
    In 1790, Strontium (Sr) was discovered by Adair Crawford. However, only in 1808, the element was isolated through electrolysis by Davy.
  • Article - 27 Jun 2002
    X-Ray fluorescence is probably best known for compositonal analysis. However, it can also be used as a form of non-destructive testing for measuring coating thickness. The basic system, technique and...
  • Article - 4 Mar 2002
    The excellent properties possessed by titanium make it a highly useful material. Applications in aerospace (e.g. engines and structures)and industrial applications are covered, as are emerging...
  • Article - 3 May 2002
    Alumina (aluminium oxide) is a versatile oxide ceramic material. This blog post will look at the different commercial grades available.
  • Article - 15 Jan 2002
    Zirconium is usually contaminated with hafnium due to their chemical similarity. It is resistant to most solvents and performs well in nuclear reactors, where most zirconium metal is used.