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Group 9: Transition Metals

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    Cobalt is one of the least abundant of the first-row transition metals. Its oxide ores, however, have been used in glass and pottery for thousands of years to produce the brilliant color known as “cobalt blue,” and its compounds are consumed in large quantities in the paint and ceramics industries. The heavier elements of group 9 are also rare, with terrestrial abundances of less than 1 ppb; they are generally found in combination with the heavier elements of groups 8 and 10 in Ni–Cu–S ores.

    • Chemistry of Cobalt
      Cobalt (Co) lies with the transition metals on the periodic table. Cobalt was first discovered in 1735 by George Brandt in Stockholm Sweden. It is used in many places today, such as, magnets materials, paint pigments, glasses, and even cancer therapy. The word cobalt is from the German word kobold, which means "goblin" or "evil spirit" this term was used by miners that was really difficult to mine and harmful to the miners health.
    • Chemistry of Iridium
      Iridium has the reputation of being the most corrosion resistant of all metals. It was discovered in 1803 by Smithson Tennant in 1803 and named for the Latin iris, or "rainbow" because it forms a large number of very colorful compounds. The pure metal is very difficult to machine into useful shapes because of its hardness and its principal use is as a hardening agent for platinum.
    • Chemistry of Meitnerium
      Element 109 was first synthesized by researchers at Darmstadt, (West) Germany in August of 1983. For 10 days they hurled a beam of iron-58 ions into a bismuth-209 target. They detected the formation of one nucleus of Mt-267 which rapidly "boiled off" a neutron, reverting to Mt-266. This decayed within milliseconds to give (element 107)-262, etc. A committee of the IUPAC suggested the name Meitnerium (Mt) after the German physicist Lise Meitner. Final approval of the name and symbol was given in
    • Chemistry of Rhodium
      World production of rhodium (from the Greek rhodon, "rose") is about 10 tons. While the metal itself has few applications, it is an important alloying agent used as a hardener for platinum and palladium.

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