Information on Bromine

The word "bromine" was derived from the Greek word "bromos", meaning 'stench', and was discovered by the French chemist Antoine Balard in 1825. Though it is a nonmetal, Bromine is the only element of this classification to be a liquid at room temperature. It is also part of the Halogen family.

Uses and Facts

Bromine compounds were originally used as dyestuffs for the Roman Empire, specifically to make Royal Purple or, Tyrian Purple. Now they are used as pesticides, water purification compounds, and as flame-retardant in plastics.

Additional Information

Bromine has an atomic mass of 79.904 and its atomic number is 35. There are 35 protons and electrons, and 45 neutrons in Bromine.