Uses, Costs, and Facts!
This section will go over the uses and costs of Bismuth. It will also include many fun facts!
There are many uses for Bismuth, as many Bismuth compounds are used in our everyday lives:
Bismuth is in alloys that make up Automatic Sprinklers and Alarms. These alloys help create electric fuses that create those alarms and sprinklers.
Bismuth Oxide is found in certain medications. Bismuth Subsalicylate is found in Pepto Bismol. The "Bismol" aspect of the medication derives from Bismuth. Also, Bismuth Oxide is a main ingredient in Hemorrhoid Creams.
Bismuth is also used extensively in cosmetics. Bi-citrate is used in Hair Coloring Dyes. These dyes help improve hair color and helps stabilize the hair. Bismuth is also used in makeup such as skin toners.
Bismuth is used in other areas too. Metallic paints and glass coloration products use bismuth. Also, Bismuth is used in heat/energy absorption coatings, such as Solar Panels.
Bismuth is used as a catalyst for the materials that are used to create Synthetic Fibers and Rubbers. Occasionally, Bismuth helps build Shotguns.
Pure Bismuth costs 39$ per 100 grams. That averages out to 39 cents per gram.
- The solid form of Bismth actually floats on the liquid form of Bismuth.
- If 100 grams of Bismuth 209 had existed at the beginning of the universe (14 billion years ago), 99.999999 grams of it would still exist today.
- In the Earth's crust, Bismuth is twice as abundant as Gold.
- Bismuth comes from the German word "Wissmuth" and the Latin word "Bisentum". Wissmuth means "white mass".
- When the heated bismuth cools, it naturally forms the spirals shown to the right.
- The colors produced by this is caused by oxidation.