What is Cobalt
Cobalt is a transition metal, perched in the midst of the Periodic Table. Long used in impure form as a pigment, this element now appears in magnets, high-tech turbines and even in cancer treatments.
In pure form, cobalt is silvery-blue and brittle. It is similar to iron and nickel, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, and — like iron — can be made magnetic. As a result, some high-powered magnets are made from alloys of cobalt and aluminum or nickel, according to the Royal Society of Chemistry.
A manmade isotope, Cobalt-60, is commonly used in cancer treatments; the gamma radiation released by this radioactive isotope can target tumors, according to the American Brain Tumor Association, particularly brain tumors that need precision treatment.
Some more interesting facts about Cobalt taken from LiveScience.com
- Atomic number (number of protons in the nucleus): 27
- Atomic symbol (on the Periodic Table of Elements): Co
- Density: 8.86 grams per cubic centimeter
- Phase at room temperature: Solid
- Melting point: 2,723 degrees Fahrenheit (1,495 degrees Celsius)
- Boiling point: 5,301 F (2,927 C)
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