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July 4 2011 2 04 /07 /July /2011 13:29

I have compiled a list of sources for the elements that are available to the amateur chemist. Vanadium will be discussed here.


Vanadium is a bluish gray metal. It is rarely found as a pure metal but much more commonly found as an alloy with steel. Vanadium compounds are used as catalysts and vitamin supplements. Vanadium is a moderately toxic transition metal. Some sea creatures contain large amounts of vanadium.


In element form: Vanadium steel contains from 0.1 to 5% vanadium in it.


In compound form: Vanadyl sulfate is used in vitamin supplements. Bismuth yellow is made of bismuth vanadate.


Here is my sample of vanadium. It is a screwdriver blade composed of vanadium steel.



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