El­e­ments Mat­ter

Iron – A work­horse of an el­e­ment Veena Patwardhan - Spe­cial Cor­re­spon­dent

Chemical Industry Digest - - What’s In? -

Iron is a hard­work­ing el­e­ment, busy help­ing sus­tain­ing life on Earth in myr­iad ways. It’s a build­ing block of steel, and also plays an im­por­tant role of car­ry­ing oxy­gen in hu­man and an­i­mal blood. Find out more of its dis­cov­ery and uses in this col­umn.

Al­most ev­ery dis­cov­ery comes with a story. We might be aware of the var­ied ap­pli­ca­tions of an el­e­ment. How­ever, we may not be gen­er­ally aware of the sto­ries be­hind the route that led to the amaz­ing dis­cov­ery of the el­e­ment, which is, many a times, serendip­i­tous.

Read on to dis­cover the in­ter­est­ing nuggets on the fas­ci­nat­ing story of dis­cov­ery of el­e­ments and the jour­ney of the el­e­ments to newer ap­pli­ca­tions.

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