Titanium


It is the twenty-second element of the periodic table, as well as its atomic number, whose symbol is represented by the term “You”. Basically, it is described as a transition metal, with a silver coloration. It is continually compared to steel, however, titanium is a much more resistant element and less prone to corrosion damage, which is reason enough for its price to be higher and, therefore, a product with less accessibility.

One of its most interesting characteristics is its abundant condition, considered the fourth easiest metal to find, being found mainly in mines, igneous rocks, as well as minerals containing iron.

With it, it is possible to manufacture prostheses that replace essential parts of the body, such as the arms, hands, legs and feet, due to the low rate of damage caused by contact with the skin, that is, there is biocompatibility. Martin Klaproth, responsible for the knowledge of uranium, is the intellectual who shed light on the name “titanium”, being extracted from the term from ancient Greek “White land”, for being one of the whitest oxides. Its discovery is due to the scientist William Gregor, an English chemist, who noticed its existence in 1795.

One of the first to obtain titanium, with 99.9% purity, was the scientist Matthew A. Hunter, however, the material did not play such an important role as a metal until 1946, in which W. Justin Kroll, He dedicated time to developing an effective method to be able to manufacture it en masse, that is, industrially and, in fact, it is the one used today.