Transition metals - what are they good for? Watch

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Hi everyone
So I'm looking forward to starting a chemistry-related EPQ on
"transition" metals (periods 4 - 7 bar the group 1,2,17,18 elements).
The problem is that my topic's too vague,and as there are so many metals / metalloids out there,
I was wondering if any trends/groups exist in them ,like with non metals in group 1,2 and 14-18?
If you don't know,but know any interesting facts or uses of these elements,
I (and I'm sure everybody) would love to hear them
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I read an interesting article about vanadium this morning
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(Original post by OrdinaryPerson)
Hi everyone
So I'm looking forward to starting a chemistry-related EPQ on
"transition" metals (periods 4 - 7 bar the group 1,2,17,18 elements).
The problem is that my topic's too vague,and as there are so many metals / metalloids out there,
I was wondering if any trends/groups exist in them ,like with non metals in group 1,2 and 14-18?
If you don't know,but know any interesting facts or uses of these elements,
I (and I'm sure everybody) would love to hear them
You can use transition metals to build suspension bridges.
You can use transition metals to build cars.
You can use transition metals for electrical cabling.
You can use transition metals for surgical instruments.
You can use transition metals for artificial hip joints.
You can use transition metals for industrial catalysis.
You can use transition metals to make magnets and hence motors.
You can use transition metals to make olympic medals.
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Thank you so much Polarity ^ ^

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You can use transition metals to build suspension bridges.
You can use transition metals to build cars.
You can use transition metals for electrical cabling.
You can use transition metals for surgical instruments.
You can use transition metals for artificial hip joints.
You can use transition metals for industrial catalysis.
You can use transition metals to make magnets and hence motors.
You can use transition metals to make olympic medals.
... bored
I was hoping you could give a more specific example
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(Original post by OrdinaryPerson)
Thank you so much Polarity ^ ^



I was hoping you could give a more specific example
cobalt and copper ions are essential electron transfer agents in human biochemistry.
iron is the fundamental ion in haemoglobin...
manganese is added to steel to make it springy (paper clips and suspension springs)
there are just too many to continue.

Focus on one only and read about it...
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You could also look at the production of polyethylene (simple polymer with a huge range of applications); Zeigler-Natta and Phillips catalysts, and the SHOP process.

Sorry I couldn't resist...

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