12 Things You Might Not Know About Platinum’s Uses

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“Platinum has become a symbol for exclusivity in our time. The rarity of this precious metal has caused its name to be used in the identification of record setting musical albums, high limit credit cards, special DVD collections and other services or items that people wish to designate as being better than their counterparts. While the metal does not see the wide use that other precious metals, such as gold or silver, Platinum is a versatile metal that has come to be regarded highly in the global culture.” —Gold Traders

Platinum has a wide range of uses, including jewelry, catalytic converters, electrical contacts, pacemakers, drugs and magnets. But how much do you really know about this “noble metal?”

  1. Platinum is used in several anti-cancer drugs because of its very low reactivity levels.
  2. Platinum is also used in pacemakers, dental crowns, and other equipment used within the human body because of its resistance to corrosion from bodily fluids and lack of reactivity to bodily functions.
  3. According to Total Materia, nearly half of the platinum that is mined is used in catalytic converters, the part of the automobile that reduces toxic gases into less-toxic emissions.
  4. Platinum combined with cobalt creates strong, permanent magnets, according to Chemicool. These magnets have many uses, including in medical instruments, motors, watches, and more.
  5. Platinum is often used as a catalyst in the production of several solutions and byproducts (that end up in substances such as fertilizers, plastics and gasoline and in fuel cells), increasing their efficiency.
  6. Approximately 30 percent of mined platinum is used in jewelry, according to Total Materia.
  7. The electronics industry uses platinum for computer hard disks and thermocouples.
  8. Platinum is also used to make optical fibres and LCDs, turbine blades, and spark plugs.
  9. Platinum is used for coating missile nose cones and jet engine fuel nozzles.
  10. Platinum anodes are extensively used in cathodic protection systems for large ships and ocean-going vessels, pipelines, steel piers.
  11. Platinum wire glows red hot when placed in the vapor of methanol – acting as a catalyst to convert the alcohol into formaldehyde. This phenomenon has been used commercially to produce cigarette lighters and hand warmers.
  12. Legendary jewelers such as Cartier, Faberge and Tiffany created their timeless designs in Platinum.

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