Nickel, Nickel Everywhere (14048)
By Dr. C.P. Cutler, reprinted from Materials World, September 1998. Nickel is found in the first transition series of elements in the periodic table, and this position gives rise to its metallurgical make-up: has a high melting point of 1453 C forms an adherent oxide film resists corrosion by alkalis is face-centered cubic, conferring ductility forms alloys readily, both as solute and solvent is ferromagnetic at room temperature is readily deposited by electroplating exhibits catalytic behaviour. This article shows these properties mean that there are an enormous number of nickel-containing materials employed in a great variety of applications.