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Top 16 interesting facts about Molybdenum
Molybdenum was discovered in 1778 by Carl Wilhelm Scheele. Molybdenum's name derives from the Greek word "molubdos" which means "lead".
Molybdenum's melting point is at 2617.0 C (2890.15 K, 4742.6 F) and its boiling point is at 4612.0 C (4885.15 K, 8333.6 F).
Molybdenum is a silvery metal.
Molybdenum ores were confused with lead ores.
Molybdenum was first isolated three years after it was discovered, in 1781 by Peter Jacob Hjelm.
Molybdenum does not occur freely in nature.
Molybdenum is the 54
most abundant element in Earth's crust, 25
in oceans and 42
Molybdenum has the sixth highest melting point among all chemical elements.
80% of molybdenum production is used in steel alloys and super-alloys.
Molybdenum is a required element in all organisms (except some bacteria).
There are 35 known isotopes of molybdenum, seven of them occur naturally (92-Mo, 94-Mo, 95-Mo, 96-Mo, 97-Mo, 98-Mo, and 100-Mo), and only one of these seven isotopes (100-Mo) is unstable.
98-Mo is the most abundant isotope of molybdenum.
The three largest producers of molybdenum are China, the USA, and Chile.
A quarter million tonnes of molybdenum are produced annually.
Molybdenum powder is used as fertilizer.
Molybdenum dust generated by mining is toxic.
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