Nickel (atomic number 28, symbol Ni) is a lustrous metal with a silvery-white color and slight golden tinge. The element is ductile and hard and belongs to the group of transition metals. Nickel is one of the 4 chemical elements with magnetic properties near or at room temperature. The others are gadolinium, cobalt, and iron.
Axel Fredrik Cronstedt was the first to isolate and classify nickel in 1751. Today, major production sites include Norilsk in Russia, New Caledonia, and Sudbury region in Canada. The most important ore minerals of nickel are pentlandite, garnierite, and limonite. The bulk of nickel is...Read More