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  • Article - 20 Feb 2004
    Nickel oxide (NiO) is a refractory material that has a range of applications that are outlined herein. Some properties are also listed.
  • Article - 3 Feb 2004
    Zinc oxide (ZnO) has a number of useful properties. These include piezoelectric, ultraviolet (UV) absorbing and fluxing properties. These lead to a number of applications which are briefly outlined.
  • Article - 24 Oct 2003
    With automotive manufacturers using a range of different materials for body parts, life for paint manufacturers has become more difficult.
  • Article - 7 Apr 2003
    The credit cards we all carry around are largely taken for granted. The properties required of these everyday items are outlined as are the materials and testing procedures used to ensure they will...
  • Article - 13 Feb 2003
    Zinc's abubdance, extraction, applications and properties are all outlined. Mechanical, physical, electrical, thermal and atomic properties are all included.
  • Article - 15 Feb 2002
    Catalysts are used in chemical processes to alter the mechanisms of chemical reactions. They provide an energetically favorable pathway, speeding up reactions that would typically be very slow or...
  • Article - 18 Dec 2001
    Part of the lanthanide series, erbium (Er) is a rare-earth element found in a wide range of minerals like blomstrandine, polycrase, fergusonite, euxenite, xenotime, and gadolinite.
  • Article - 23 Jul 2001
    Ancient Chinese and Hindus were familiar with mercury (Hg). The metal was also found in Egyptian tombs of 1500 BC. Mercury rarely occurs as such in nature.
  • Article - 20 Jul 2001
    In 1817, German chemist Friedrich Strohmeyer discovered cadmium from an impurity of zinc carbonate (ZnCO3). Cadmium derives from the Latin term ‘cadmia’ and the Greek word ‘kadmeia’, which are ancient...
  • Article - 17 Jul 2001
    Sir Humphrey Davy discovered barium as an element in 1808. In its elemental form it is soft and silvery white resembling lead. It belongs to the alkaline earth group and is chemically similar to...