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The Periodic Table

The Transition Metals - Uses.

What are the Uses of the Transition Metals?

1. Some of the transition metals have widespread usage,
particularly iron (and steel for construction)
and copper for electrical wiring and water pipes.
For more detail, click on the individual individual elements.

2. Transition metals often form important alloys.
For example, iron in steel, zinc and copper in brass.

3. Transition metals often make good catalysts for particular reactions.

Examples of transition metal catalysts are

Iron in the Haber process.

Manganese(IV) oxide in the decomposition of hydrogen peroxide.

Vanadium(V) oxide in the contact process (making sulfuric acid).

Platinum in fuel cells and the manufacture of nitric acid.

Nickel is used in the hydrogenation of vegetable oils.
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