Nickel Magazine

Volume 27-1: Nickel and Sustainable Development

August 01, 2012


In Focus

In Focus

Sustainable Development Without A Deadline

It has been 20 years since the first Rio de Janeiro Sustainability Summit, which in June 2012 returned to the city of its origin. As is normal for such meetings it received mixed reviews of its decisions and commitments on its major themes of employment, energy, cities, food, water, oceans and disasters. The reality is that the struggle for sufficient food, non-polluting energy, safe and reliable transportation and other measures of a quality of life that is both improving and sustainable doesn’t have a beginning or an end. It does, however, have its moments when sustainable choices are made that deliver on one or more of the themes of Rio+20 and in every issue of Nickel there are stories of such choices.

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In Use

Vibhor Sogani "When Seeds Begin to Sprout"


Vibhor Sogani, a New Delhi-based contemporary artist and designer, sought to symbolize this idea of historical birth and rebirth in his first major public art installation “When Seeds Begin to Sprout”.

Ni-coatings and Aircraft

Nickel coatings in aircraft

Aircraft manufacturers go to great lengths to ensure that their products are safe, that strength is beyond merely adequate, and that corrosion is anticipated and managed as efficiently as possible. Little surprise therefore that nickel is ubiquitous in these machines which figure so prominently in our daily lives.

Iron Age Tools

History of Stainless Steel - Part 1

Archeologists say iron was first used in tools as early as 2,500 B.C. in what they call the Bronze Age. Once refining techniques were improved, iron became relatively inexpensive; however, iron’s main disadvantage over bronze was that it rusted when wet.

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In Science


Bio-elution Testing

Toxicological testing is necessary, expensive and increasing in scope. It also implies ever more animals will be needed as surrogates for human exposures. Finding ways to make the process more efficient as well as to reduce the need for animal testing is a high priority. One technique directly relevant to metals and alloys and of increasing importance is bio-elution.



The creation of a shock-absorbing nickel lattice of extremely low density is expected to benefit various industrial sectors, including vehicles, aircraft and batteries.

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Current Issue

Nickel and sustainability

Towards a circular economy

August 30, 2018


Feature Story:
A catalyst for sustainable operations
Nickel-containing catalysts are widely used in the refining and petrochemical industries worldwide. At end-of-life, catalysts are either sent to landfill or sent for recycling to recover the valuable metals they contain. Refineries in Kuwait are changing the way they handle spent catalysts.