What does it look like?
Vanadium is a shiny, light grey, ductile, metallic-looking solid and strong blue-gray metal at room temperature. Its melting point is about 1,900°C. Its boiling point is about 3,000°C
How was it discovered?
At first, Vanadium was discovered by Del Rio in 1801 but he thought that he had made some mistakes because of the French chemists. They said that Vanadium was similar to the chromium. In 1830, Vanadium was rediscovered by the Swedish chemist Nil Gabriel Sefström at Stockholm.
Where did its name come from?
It was named for the Scandinavian goddess, Vanadis.
What are its uses?
Vanadium is used in most alloys (the mixture of the metals), especially in making metals that don't rust. It is also used to produce a superconductive magnet.
Is it dangerous?
Vanadium can be toxic but Its effects are not very serious. It can harm the lungs if being taken in a large amount. However, if you work with Vanadium everyday, it could be serious.
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