A new iron age.


Rudyard Kipling, 1907 Nobel Prize winner in Literature, begins his poem ‘Cold Iron’ with these lines. Indeed, iron does appear in many diff erent facets of our lives: from the band Iron Maiden to the Ironman championships in triathlon; in history with the Iron Curtain, or when we refer to the Iron Lady, ruling with an iron hand. Iron is a transition metal that melts at 1,539 °C, and its appearance can be described as lustrous and metallic, with a silver–grey tinge. It is the second most abundant metal on our planet — with the fi rst being aluminium — and is mostly present in its dense metal core as an alloy with nickel. It is also ubiquitous in the Earth’s crust, and constitutes about a third of its entire mass.

DOI: 10.1038/nchem.315

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@article{Bolm2009ANI, title={A new iron age.}, author={Carsten Bolm}, journal={Nature chemistry}, year={2009}, volume={1 5}, pages={420} }