History of Neodymium
Neodymium is a semi-conductor material that was invented in 1911 by Eugene Van Dusen. It has been in use for about one hundred years. It is used for making thin films for connecting wires and actuators. It is also used to make aircraft and missiles.
This element is used in manufacturing applications for making monolithic electrodes and microdoses of nitrogen. It has also been used to make neodymium metal foils. This metal has been used in the making of turbines, motors, pumps, generators, smokeless fuels, drugs, polymers, explosives, medical devices, and chemical elements. It has also been used in applications such as components of nuclear reactors, power grids, and explosives. The history of this element dates back to 1908 when it was first invented.
The history of this element is depicted in the following table. It contains the following categories:
It uses may be divided into four groups depending on the area where they are used. The categories include:
The use of neodymium was first shown in engineering purposes. In the 1960s, it was used to make neutron reflectors.
Practical uses of neodymium are; it is used to make up parts that are used in missiles and military equipment. It is also used in manufacturing of crystals for electrical currents. It can also be used to make inert gas propellants and chemical reactive materials. It is also used in airships.
The applications of neodymium in the field of physics and optics are mainly divided into three groups namely, non-reactive; reactive; and reactive- non-reactive. Non-reactive uses include; xenon hydrazine, radiation inks, internal combustion engines, sensitive electronics, and optical microscopes. Reactive uses include; hyperbolic potentials, ionic compounds, water and gas reservoirs, solar powered radios, and carbon dioxide enrichment.
The areas where the most use of neodymium is shown are as follows: nuclear reactions, applications of lasers, semiconductor devices, and the usage of lasers. The composition of neodymium uses is as follows:
Neodymium use has increased worldwide because of its versatile characteristics. It is used for applications such as; heating systems, jet engines, and metallurgy. Another area where neodymium is extensively used is as an alloy for making bullet casings.
It is also used to manufacture carbon dioxide cartridges. It can also be used in the manufacture of aircraft fuel, rocket propellant, jet engine exhaust gases, and different additives. In the modern world, neodymium is widely used as a steel coating for finishing a variety of metals.
Although the use of neodymium has existed for a long time, it has become world-wide presence with the usage of xenon hydrazine, gas compressors, and other types of electrochemicals. It is also used in making mild acids and alkalis.
Neodymium has been introduced into manufacturing processes for industrial purposes. It has also been used in pharmaceuticals, and military applications.