Semiconductors (metalloids)

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Boron

  • Date of Discovery: 1808
  • Discoverer: Sir Humphry Davy
  • Name origin: From Borax and Carbon
  • Uses: heat resistant alloys
  • Obtained from: kernite

Silicon

  • Date of discovery: 1823
  • Discoverer: Jons Berzelius
  • Name origin: From the Latin word Silex
  • Uses: Glass, semiconductors
  • Obtained from: Second most abundant element

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Tellurium

  • Date of Discovery: 1782
  • Discoverer: Franz Muller von Reichenstein
  • Name Origin: From the Greek word tellus (Earth)
  • Uses: coloring of glass and ceramics, thermoelectric devices
  • Obtained From: by-product of refining of lead and copper

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