Nickel

Element

History

Nickel was discovered by Baron Axel Frederik Cronstedt in 1751 in a mineral called niccolite. Apparently, he had expected to extract copper from this mineral but got none at all, obtaining instead a white metal that he called nickel after the mineral from which it was extracted.

3 Properties of Nickel

  • boiling point: 2732
  • melting point: 1453
  • Density: 8.9 g/m³

Uses

It is extensively used for making stainless steel and other corrosion-resistant alloys such as Invar(R), Monel(R), Inconel(R), and the Hastelloys(R). Tubing made of copper-nickel alloy is extensively used in making desalination plantsfor converting sea water into fresh water.

atomic

Number:28

Mass: 58.6934 u ± 0.0002 u

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