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Cadmium has been used for a long time as a pigment and for corrosion-resistant plating on steel, and to stabilize plastic. It has also been used in nickel-cadmium batteries. 65 more words

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Silver has the highest electrical conductivity, thermal conductivity and reflectivity of any metal. Highly valued since ancient times, it has been used as currency, in solar panels, water filtration, jewelry, utensils, photography, electrical contacts and conductors,  and more. 45 more words



The main use of palladium is for catalytic converters. It is also used in electronics, dentistry, medicine, hydrogen purification, chemical applications, groundwater treatment and jewelry. Palladium also plays a key role in the technology used for fuel cells. 45 more words

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Rhodium is one of the rarest and most valuable precious metals. It is resistant to corrosion. It is mostly used in catalytic converters in automobiles. It is often alloyed with platinum or palladium to make corrosion-resistive coatings, used to plate white gold or sterling silver. 45 more words

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Ruthenium’s name is from the New Latin name for Russia. It is used for wear-resistant electrical contacts and resistors. Research is being conducted to determine its viability as a component of solar cell and data storage systems. 45 more words

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Technetium’s name comes from the Greek word for “artificial”. It is the element with the lowest atomic number in the periodic table that has no stable isotopes: Every form of it is radioactive. 59 more words

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This element’s name comes from the Greek word for “lead”. It readily forms hard, stable carbides in alloys, and for this reason most of world production of the element (about 80%) is in making many types of steel alloys, including high strength alloys and superalloys. 45 more words