Alphabetical List of Elements

Actinium Caron Lage
Aluminum Julie Richardson
Americium Virginia Dambach
Antimony Karla Rose Hanson
Argon Kim Stenehjem
Arsenic Ryn Pitts
Astatine Julie Richardson
Barium Lona Daley Getz
Berkelium Tricia Coulson
Beryllium Ryn Pitts
Bismuth Ryn Pitts
Bohrium Janet Houle
Boron Julie Richardson
Bromine Virginia Dambach
Cadmium Ryn Pitts
Calcium Clare Degerness
Californium Julie Richardson
Carbon Lona Daley Getz
Cerium Deb Mohr
Cesium Kim Stenehjem
Chlorine Lona Daley Getz
Chromium Mary Ann Waxler
Cobalt Ryn Pitts
Copernicium Julie Richardson
Copper Mary Ann Waxler
Curium Pamela Davis
Darmstadtium Kim Baird
Dubnium Caron Lage
Dysprosium Kim Stenehjem
Einsteinium Ryn Pitts
Erbium Virginia Dambach
Europium Karla Rose Hanson
Fermium Julie Richardson
Fluorine Pamela Davis
Francium Pamela Davis
Gadolinium Jan Flack
Gallium Lona Daley Getz
Germanium Mary Ann Waxler
Gold Vicky Bogart
Hafnium Joan Huseth
Hassium Ryn Pitts
Helium Kim Stenehjem
Holmium Virginia Dambach
Hydrogen Jan Flack
Indium Clare Degerness
Iodine Ryn Pitts
Iridium Virginia Dambach
Iron Virginia Dambach
Krypton Kim Baird
Lanthanum Kim Baird
Lawrencium Julie Richardson
Lead Ryn Pitts
Lithium Vicky Bogart
Lutetium Lynn Glesne
Magnesium Julie Richardson
Manganese Lona Daley Getz
Meitnerium Jean Back
Mendelevium Diane Siekaniec
Mercury Mary Ann Waxler
Molybdinum Kim Stenehjem
Neodymium Kim Baird
Neon Kim Baird
Neptunium Clare Degerness
Nickel Kim Baird
Niobium Kim Stenehjem
Nitrogen Clare Degerness
Nobelium Clare Degerness
Osmium Julie Richardson
Oxygen Kim Stenehjem
Palladium Lona Daley Getz
Phosphorus Caron Lage
Platinum Clare Degerness
Plutonium Pamela Davis
Polonium Sue Mertz
Potassium Diane Siekaniec
Praseodymium Clare Degerness
Promethium Kim Stenehjem
Protactinium Virginia Dambach
Radium Virginia Dambach
Radon Julie Richardson
Rhenium Clare Degerness
Rhodium Mary Ann Waxler
Roentgenium Tricia Coulson
Rubidium Becky Albright
Ruthenium Clare Degerness
Rutherfordium Clare Degerness
Samarium Jean Back
Scandium Clare Degerness
Seaborgium Kim Baird
Selenium Virginia Dambach
Silicon Kim Baird
Silver Julie Richardson
Sodium Karla Rose Hanson
Strontium Jane Lillestol
Sulphur Pamela Davis
Tantalum Kim Stenehjem
Technetium Mary Ann Waxler
Tellurium Tricia Coulson
Terbium Julie Richardson
Thallium Janet Houle
Thorium Kim Baird
Thulium Julie Richardson
Tin Vicky Bogart
Titanium Virginia Dambach
Tungsten Julie Richardson
Ununtrium through Ununoctium Kim Baird
Uranium Lona Daley Getz
Vanadium Sue Mertz
Xenon Karla Rose Hanson
Ytterbium Kim Baird
Yttrium Kim Baird
Zinc Karla Rose Hanson
Zirconium Jane Lillestol

Zinc

Among the many uses for zinc, boosting the immune system to fight the common cold is possibly the most commonly known.

This bluish-silver metal is also used for rust protection, die-casting, and many other medical purposes. The use that was most compelling to me, however, was as a sustainable building material.  A zinc roof can last 100 years (compared to a few decades for asphalt shingles) and is much less likely to wind up in a landfill compared to traditional roofing materials because zinc can be recycled indefinitely without loss of physical or chemical properties. As a nod to how eco-savvy zinc can be, this piece includes some recycled elements of its own, including scraps of old neckties and wrapping paper.

Technetium

Mary Ann Waxler

Technetium is employed in over half of all nuclear medicine procedures.Technetium-99m is used to image the skeleton and organs, the heart muscle in particular. Myocardial Perfusion Imaging (MPI) uses technetium for detection and prognosis of coronary artery disease.

Isolated in 1937, Technetium was the first man-made element. It’s produced by bombarding molybdenum-98 with neutrons.

Rhodium

Mary Ann Waxler

Rhodium was discovered by William Hyde Wollaston, an English chemist, in 1804.The first rhodium was rose colored so it was named after the Greek word for rose, rhodon.

Rhodium is usually obtained as a by-product of mining and refining platinum. It’s used to make electrical contacts, in jewelry and catalytic converters. Its main use is as an alloying agent in other materials such as platinum and palladium. Rhodium is the rarest of all non-radioactive metals on Earth.

Lithium

Vicky Bogart

Lithium floats on water. It is a soft, silver-white metal found in seawater and in plants, plankton and invertebrates. When heated, it turns crimson red, and is used in flares and pyrotechnics. Lithium is found in dwarf brown stars, carbon stars and twinkling stars. Most recently, it is used in batteries. I deliberately chose not to depict the more dramatic use of lithium as a pharmaceutical.

Tin

Vicky Bogart

Tin foil was once common wrapping material for drugs and foods, such as chocolate. Replaced by aluminum foil, tin foil is still used as a generic term for silver metal that comes in thin sheets. Tin cans, tin ceiling panels, and corrugated building sheathing are more often made of steel or aluminum with a coating of tin to inhibit rust.

Tin is alloyed with copper to produce bronze, and with copper, antimony and lead to produce pewter. If someone called you a “tinnie”, you might be one who enjoys a can of beer.

Gold

Vicky Bogart

The Midas Touch, gold leaf, gold dust, gold bar, gold medals, gold coins, gold trophies, gold threads, goldfish, heart of gold, gold ribbon, gold star, golden moon, goldenrod, band of gold, The Golden Mean, The Golden Rule, The Golden Ratio, The Golden Feather.

Silence is Golden.

Gold has a lattice face centered cubic crystal structure. It is a tasteless, odorless, dense metal that is the most malleable of metals. One ounce can be pounded into a 300 square foot sheet. It is used in dentistry, electronics, wiring, pharmaceuticals and jewelry.

It is the Gold Standard.