Nickel( Ni )
A.F. Cronstedt Discovered nickel in 1751 in Stockholm, Sweden.
Nickel is a silvery white metal that takes a high polish. Nickel is hard, ductile, malleable, and somewhat ferromagnetic. It is a fair conductor of heat and electricity.
Nickel is used primarily for the alloys it forms. It is used for making stainless steel and many other corrosion resistant alloys. Copper-nickel alloy tubing is used in desalination plants. Nickel plating is applied to other metals to provide a protective coating. Finely divided nickel is used as a catalyst for hydrogenating vegetable oils. Nickel is also used in ceramics, magnets, and batteries.