WANTED: SULFUR

Sabrina Hasan-Silva

Wanted for:

Being used as an oxidant and a reducing agent, refining oil. Also for being used as a reactant in the production of sulfuric acid, which is the industrialized world's #1 bulk chemical needed for lead-acid batteries for automobiles.

Aliases:

Also goes by brimstone (from the Holy Bible), its name is believed to come either the Sanskrit word "Sulvere" or "Shulbari", meaning enemy of copper. Even "sufra", meaning yellow in Arabic is a possibility. Sulfur's chemical symbol is "S".

Description:

  • Color: Yellow
  • Scent: None
  • Atomic mass: 32.065 u ± 0.005 u
  • Metal or non-metal: Non-metal
  • Taste: None
  • Phase at room-temperature: Solid

Structure:

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First arresting officer:

Antoine Lavoisier made the scientific community aware that sulfur was an element. The element has no known discoverer.

Report of first arrest:

Sulfur has been known since the ancient times. There is no information on how it was discovered. Sulfur was classified an element in 1777.

Last seen:

  • Sulfur is the 2nd element in 16th column.
  • Periodic table group: 16
  • The group contains: Oxygen, sulfur, selenium, tellurium and polonium.
  • 7th most common element in the human body
  • Is approximately 3% of Earth's mass
  • 20% of the oil in Alberta, Canada's tar sands in sulfur
  • About 100x more sulfur in the earth's core than the crust

Known assoiciates:

  • 2 SO 2(g) + O2 (g) -----> 2 SO 3 (g)

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Reactants.................................Products

  • Most common allotrope of sulfur is octasulfur
  • A natural, sulfur based antibiotic is penicillin
  • Makes sulfuric acid, hydrogen sulfide and sulfur dioxide

Warning Label:

The element is extremely dangerous.

Picture:

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http://www.chemicool.com/elements/sulfur.html


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http://www.ducksters.com/science/chemistry/sulfur.php