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Ruthenium ( Ru )

General Description:

Discoverer: Karl Klaus Discovery Location: Russia Discovery Year: 1844 Name Origin: From Ruthenia Latin name of Russia.

Ruthenium is a rare member of the platinum group of metals

Applications of the metal are limited; Used to harden platinum and palladium. Also used in eye treatments, thickness meters for egg shells, fountain pen points, and electrical contacts. Aircraft magnetos use platinum alloy with 10% ruthenium.

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