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Copper
Copper conducts heat well and resists corrosion and is used worldwide in pipes and tubing to distribute both hot and cold fluids. Pure copper (greater than 99.95%) is called electrolytic copper (EC). Copper is a great conductor of electricity and even small amounts of impurities in copper can seriously reduce its ability to conduct electricity. Copper is also a major player in various other applications such as cables, computers, coins, radiators and energy. Alloys are many, the most common ones being brass (primarily with zinc) and bronze (primarily with tin).
 
Advantages 
  • Excellent electrical and thermal conductor
  • Malleable and ductile - good for bending copper pipes into shapes
  • Attractive look
  • Very durable
  • Corrosion resistant
  • Antibacterial
  • Easily joined
  • Tough
  • Non-magnetic
  • Easy to alloy
  • Recyclable
  • Catalytic.
 
Disadvantages
  • Expensive
  • Not very strong - can be bent and broken easily
  • Tarnishes and can corrode quickly if left exposed to the air
Roberto Cavalli chooses the modern elegance of DuPont
Florentine designer Roberto Cavalli has used a DuPont
Teflon
Federal Mogul of Wiesbaden, Germany is helping to meet the automotive industry's requirement for lead-free design of all components with its Glycodur
Osprey CE alloys meet market demands
A specially formulated range of Controlled Expansion (CE) alloys produced by Osprey Metals Ltd is meeting the demands of the electronics industry for high reliability packaging solutions.
'QuickTurn' prototyping capability available for high thermal conductivity, controlled expansion, lightweight alloys
Osprey Metals, suppliers of controlled expansion Al-Si and Si-Al alloys (Osprey CE Alloys) for use in the electronics industry, has established a 'Quick Turn' prototyping service for machined components.
Radstone approves use of Osprey Metals' controlled expansion alloy guide bars
Controlled expansion, aluminium silicon, PCB guide bars, produced by Osprey Metals Ltd, have been approved and are now in regular use at Radstone Technology, one of the world's leading independent suppliers of embedded computer products.
SSDI considers Osprey CE alloys as 'prime material' for use in power module basplates
Solid States Devices, Inc. (SSDI) recently completed an extensive range of tests on Osprey Metals' silicon/aluminum 'CE (Controlled Expansion) Alloys' and found that they offer a significant price and performance improvement over aluminum/silicon/carbon (AlSiC) and
New spring wire steel grade developed by Sandvik
A new grade of stainless steel spring wire has been developed by Sandvik Materials Technology.
DuPont electronic materials keep Mars rovers going one year later
One year to the month after Spirit and Opportunity landed on Mars, the Rovers are still roaming the planet, sending back crystal-clear images of the Martian surface. Their durable parts help keep them going, enabled by DuPont science.
DSM expands production capacity at Kunshan plant in China
DSM Eternal Resins (Kunshan) has decided to expand its production facility for polyester powder coating resins in Kunshan, China.
Borealis develops Beta-PPR RA7050 hot and cold water pressure pipe systems
Borealis has brought a major raw material innovation to the hot and cold water pressure pipe sector with the development of Beta-PPR RA7050.
Rohm and Haas expands Delaware slurry manufacturing operations
Rohm and Haas Electronic Materials CMP Technologies, a leader in polishing technology for the global semiconductor industry, has expanded its slurry manufacturing operations in Newark, Delaware, USA.
Research demystifies quantum properties of exotic materials
Physicists from Rice University, Rutgers University and the Max-Planck Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids in Dresden, Germany, offers a new explanation of the way quantum effects could create some of the strange electronic properties that have been observed in the important class of 'heavy fer
Annual Report 2003 European Aluminium Association
The 2003 European Aluminium Association (EAA) Annual Report is out. It is a comprehensive overview of both the European Aluminium markets in 2003 and the progress made on our most relevant issues and projects.
The oldest known nanotechnology dates back to the 9th century!
The oldest known nanotechnology dates back to the fabrication of the first lustre potteries. Some Abbasid lustre ceramics have a complex and fine decoration and form nano-gratings, the so-called polychrome lustre in which multi-coloured iridescence can be present: a famous example are the Abbasid ti
Superconductivity - Electrons in Single File Provide New Insights
A team at the University of Innsbruck, Austria has been successful in conducting electrons in metals along predetermined channels. This behaviour, observed for the first time in metals, provides important insights into the interactions of electrons - and on how the phenomenon of the current flow wit
Software tool finds needles in data haystacks
When looking for a needle in a haystack, it's helpful to know what a needle looks like. A new software tool developed by researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) makes it possible to find chemical 'needles' in data 'haystacks' without having to know anything about the
Molecular chains line up to form a new chemical state, called a protopolymer
First observation of extended chains of molecules that exhibit a strong interaction without forming chemical bonds.
Tiny nanocables could figure in toxin detection
Tiny nanocables, 1000 times smaller than a human hair, could become key parts of toxin detectors, miniaturised solar cells and powerful computer chips. The work is published online in the Journal of the American Chemical Society.
Technology to prevent mould and decay in wood building products
The Alberta Research Council and Genics of Acheson, Alberta, have developed a technology to prevent mould, decay and termite attacks in wood composite products.
Researchers unlock mysteries of toxic metals in the largest contaminated site in United States
Copper mining in Butte and Anaconda, Montana, starting in 1860's, poisoned the air, the land, and the water; well over 100 years later, contaminants are still found as far as 300 miles down the Clark Fork River, w
Alcan Sells assets within its Ores and Concentrates trading business
Alcan Inc announced today that it has reached an agreement to sell assets of its Ores and Concentrates trading division to its current management team. Terms of the transaction will not be disclosed.
High-temperature superconductors: magnetic glue may be the clue
Striking pictures of magnetic waves inside advanced ceramics may be the clue to understanding how they can transmit electricity without losing energy, according to results obtained by two teams of scientists using the UK's world-leading ISIS neutron source in Oxfordshire.
Beryllium Copper meets Bathing Beauty
Armitage Shanks, renowned for its stylish, high quality and up-to-the-minute bathroom ware, is in parternship with ITC Tooling
ESAB - looking forward to bright future
Few manufacturing companies beleive they are able to view their short and medium term business prospects with the same level of optimism as ESAB.
Metal-plated fibre products are ready for use
A patented range of metal-plated carbon-fibre products is now commercially available for use in aerospace, defence, automotive, construction, medical and electronics applications.
Roberto Cavalli chooses the modern elegance of DuPont
Florentine designer Roberto Cavalli has used a DuPont
Teflon
Federal Mogul of Wiesbaden, Germany is helping to meet the automotive industry's requirement for lead-free design of all components with its Glycodur
Osprey CE alloys meet market demands
A specially formulated range of Controlled Expansion (CE) alloys produced by Osprey Metals Ltd is meeting the demands of the electronics industry for high reliability packaging solutions.
'QuickTurn' prototyping capability available for high thermal conductivity, controlled expansion, lightweight alloys
Osprey Metals, suppliers of controlled expansion Al-Si and Si-Al alloys (Osprey CE Alloys) for use in the electronics industry, has established a 'Quick Turn' prototyping service for machined components.
Radstone approves use of Osprey Metals' controlled expansion alloy guide bars
Controlled expansion, aluminium silicon, PCB guide bars, produced by Osprey Metals Ltd, have been approved and are now in regular use at Radstone Technology, one of the world's leading independent suppliers of embedded computer products.
SSDI considers Osprey CE alloys as 'prime material' for use in power module basplates
Solid States Devices, Inc. (SSDI) recently completed an extensive range of tests on Osprey Metals' silicon/aluminum 'CE (Controlled Expansion) Alloys' and found that they offer a significant price and performance improvement over aluminum/silicon/carbon (AlSiC) and
New spring wire steel grade developed by Sandvik
A new grade of stainless steel spring wire has been developed by Sandvik Materials Technology.
DuPont electronic materials keep Mars rovers going one year later
One year to the month after Spirit and Opportunity landed on Mars, the Rovers are still roaming the planet, sending back crystal-clear images of the Martian surface. Their durable parts help keep them going, enabled by DuPont science.
DSM expands production capacity at Kunshan plant in China
DSM Eternal Resins (Kunshan) has decided to expand its production facility for polyester powder coating resins in Kunshan, China.
Borealis develops Beta-PPR RA7050 hot and cold water pressure pipe systems
Borealis has brought a major raw material innovation to the hot and cold water pressure pipe sector with the development of Beta-PPR RA7050.
Rohm and Haas expands Delaware slurry manufacturing operations
Rohm and Haas Electronic Materials CMP Technologies, a leader in polishing technology for the global semiconductor industry, has expanded its slurry manufacturing operations in Newark, Delaware, USA.
Research demystifies quantum properties of exotic materials
Physicists from Rice University, Rutgers University and the Max-Planck Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids in Dresden, Germany, offers a new explanation of the way quantum effects could create some of the strange electronic properties that have been observed in the important class of 'heavy fer
Annual Report 2003 European Aluminium Association
The 2003 European Aluminium Association (EAA) Annual Report is out. It is a comprehensive overview of both the European Aluminium markets in 2003 and the progress made on our most relevant issues and projects.
The oldest known nanotechnology dates back to the 9th century!
The oldest known nanotechnology dates back to the fabrication of the first lustre potteries. Some Abbasid lustre ceramics have a complex and fine decoration and form nano-gratings, the so-called polychrome lustre in which multi-coloured iridescence can be present: a famous example are the Abbasid ti
Superconductivity - Electrons in Single File Provide New Insights
A team at the University of Innsbruck, Austria has been successful in conducting electrons in metals along predetermined channels. This behaviour, observed for the first time in metals, provides important insights into the interactions of electrons - and on how the phenomenon of the current flow wit
Software tool finds needles in data haystacks
When looking for a needle in a haystack, it's helpful to know what a needle looks like. A new software tool developed by researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) makes it possible to find chemical 'needles' in data 'haystacks' without having to know anything about the
Molecular chains line up to form a new chemical state, called a protopolymer
First observation of extended chains of molecules that exhibit a strong interaction without forming chemical bonds.
Tiny nanocables could figure in toxin detection
Tiny nanocables, 1000 times smaller than a human hair, could become key parts of toxin detectors, miniaturised solar cells and powerful computer chips. The work is published online in the Journal of the American Chemical Society.
Technology to prevent mould and decay in wood building products
The Alberta Research Council and Genics of Acheson, Alberta, have developed a technology to prevent mould, decay and termite attacks in wood composite products.
Researchers unlock mysteries of toxic metals in the largest contaminated site in United States
Copper mining in Butte and Anaconda, Montana, starting in 1860's, poisoned the air, the land, and the water; well over 100 years later, contaminants are still found as far as 300 miles down the Clark Fork River, w
Alcan Sells assets within its Ores and Concentrates trading business
Alcan Inc announced today that it has reached an agreement to sell assets of its Ores and Concentrates trading division to its current management team. Terms of the transaction will not be disclosed.
High-temperature superconductors: magnetic glue may be the clue
Striking pictures of magnetic waves inside advanced ceramics may be the clue to understanding how they can transmit electricity without losing energy, according to results obtained by two teams of scientists using the UK's world-leading ISIS neutron source in Oxfordshire.
Beryllium Copper meets Bathing Beauty
Armitage Shanks, renowned for its stylish, high quality and up-to-the-minute bathroom ware, is in parternship with ITC Tooling
ESAB - looking forward to bright future
Few manufacturing companies beleive they are able to view their short and medium term business prospects with the same level of optimism as ESAB.
Metal-plated fibre products are ready for use
A patented range of metal-plated carbon-fibre products is now commercially available for use in aerospace, defence, automotive, construction, medical and electronics applications.
Roberto Cavalli chooses the modern elegance of DuPont
Florentine designer Roberto Cavalli has used a DuPont
Teflon
Federal Mogul of Wiesbaden, Germany is helping to meet the automotive industry's requirement for lead-free design of all components with its Glycodur
Osprey CE alloys meet market demands
A specially formulated range of Controlled Expansion (CE) alloys produced by Osprey Metals Ltd is meeting the demands of the electronics industry for high reliability packaging solutions.
'QuickTurn' prototyping capability available for high thermal conductivity, controlled expansion, lightweight alloys
Osprey Metals, suppliers of controlled expansion Al-Si and Si-Al alloys (Osprey CE Alloys) for use in the electronics industry, has established a 'Quick Turn' prototyping service for machined components.
Radstone approves use of Osprey Metals' controlled expansion alloy guide bars
Controlled expansion, aluminium silicon, PCB guide bars, produced by Osprey Metals Ltd, have been approved and are now in regular use at Radstone Technology, one of the world's leading independent suppliers of embedded computer products.
SSDI considers Osprey CE alloys as 'prime material' for use in power module basplates
Solid States Devices, Inc. (SSDI) recently completed an extensive range of tests on Osprey Metals' silicon/aluminum 'CE (Controlled Expansion) Alloys' and found that they offer a significant price and performance improvement over aluminum/silicon/carbon (AlSiC) and
New spring wire steel grade developed by Sandvik
A new grade of stainless steel spring wire has been developed by Sandvik Materials Technology.
DuPont electronic materials keep Mars rovers going one year later
One year to the month after Spirit and Opportunity landed on Mars, the Rovers are still roaming the planet, sending back crystal-clear images of the Martian surface. Their durable parts help keep them going, enabled by DuPont science.
DSM expands production capacity at Kunshan plant in China
DSM Eternal Resins (Kunshan) has decided to expand its production facility for polyester powder coating resins in Kunshan, China.
Borealis develops Beta-PPR RA7050 hot and cold water pressure pipe systems
Borealis has brought a major raw material innovation to the hot and cold water pressure pipe sector with the development of Beta-PPR RA7050.
Rohm and Haas expands Delaware slurry manufacturing operations
Rohm and Haas Electronic Materials CMP Technologies, a leader in polishing technology for the global semiconductor industry, has expanded its slurry manufacturing operations in Newark, Delaware, USA.
Research demystifies quantum properties of exotic materials
Physicists from Rice University, Rutgers University and the Max-Planck Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids in Dresden, Germany, offers a new explanation of the way quantum effects could create some of the strange electronic properties that have been observed in the important class of 'heavy fer
Annual Report 2003 European Aluminium Association
The 2003 European Aluminium Association (EAA) Annual Report is out. It is a comprehensive overview of both the European Aluminium markets in 2003 and the progress made on our most relevant issues and projects.
The oldest known nanotechnology dates back to the 9th century!
The oldest known nanotechnology dates back to the fabrication of the first lustre potteries. Some Abbasid lustre ceramics have a complex and fine decoration and form nano-gratings, the so-called polychrome lustre in which multi-coloured iridescence can be present: a famous example are the Abbasid ti
Superconductivity - Electrons in Single File Provide New Insights
A team at the University of Innsbruck, Austria has been successful in conducting electrons in metals along predetermined channels. This behaviour, observed for the first time in metals, provides important insights into the interactions of electrons - and on how the phenomenon of the current flow wit
Software tool finds needles in data haystacks
When looking for a needle in a haystack, it's helpful to know what a needle looks like. A new software tool developed by researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) makes it possible to find chemical 'needles' in data 'haystacks' without having to know anything about the
Molecular chains line up to form a new chemical state, called a protopolymer
First observation of extended chains of molecules that exhibit a strong interaction without forming chemical bonds.
Tiny nanocables could figure in toxin detection
Tiny nanocables, 1000 times smaller than a human hair, could become key parts of toxin detectors, miniaturised solar cells and powerful computer chips. The work is published online in the Journal of the American Chemical Society.
Technology to prevent mould and decay in wood building products
The Alberta Research Council and Genics of Acheson, Alberta, have developed a technology to prevent mould, decay and termite attacks in wood composite products.
Researchers unlock mysteries of toxic metals in the largest contaminated site in United States
Copper mining in Butte and Anaconda, Montana, starting in 1860's, poisoned the air, the land, and the water; well over 100 years later, contaminants are still found as far as 300 miles down the Clark Fork River, w
Alcan Sells assets within its Ores and Concentrates trading business
Alcan Inc announced today that it has reached an agreement to sell assets of its Ores and Concentrates trading division to its current management team. Terms of the transaction will not be disclosed.
High-temperature superconductors: magnetic glue may be the clue
Striking pictures of magnetic waves inside advanced ceramics may be the clue to understanding how they can transmit electricity without losing energy, according to results obtained by two teams of scientists using the UK's world-leading ISIS neutron source in Oxfordshire.
Beryllium Copper meets Bathing Beauty
Armitage Shanks, renowned for its stylish, high quality and up-to-the-minute bathroom ware, is in parternship with ITC Tooling
ESAB - looking forward to bright future
Few manufacturing companies beleive they are able to view their short and medium term business prospects with the same level of optimism as ESAB.
Metal-plated fibre products are ready for use
A patented range of metal-plated carbon-fibre products is now commercially available for use in aerospace, defence, automotive, construction, medical and electronics applications.
Roberto Cavalli chooses the modern elegance of DuPont
Florentine designer Roberto Cavalli has used a DuPont
Teflon
Federal Mogul of Wiesbaden, Germany is helping to meet the automotive industry's requirement for lead-free design of all components with its Glycodur
Osprey CE alloys meet market demands
A specially formulated range of Controlled Expansion (CE) alloys produced by Osprey Metals Ltd is meeting the demands of the electronics industry for high reliability packaging solutions.
'QuickTurn' prototyping capability available for high thermal conductivity, controlled expansion, lightweight alloys
Osprey Metals, suppliers of controlled expansion Al-Si and Si-Al alloys (Osprey CE Alloys) for use in the electronics industry, has established a 'Quick Turn' prototyping service for machined components.
Radstone approves use of Osprey Metals' controlled expansion alloy guide bars
Controlled expansion, aluminium silicon, PCB guide bars, produced by Osprey Metals Ltd, have been approved and are now in regular use at Radstone Technology, one of the world's leading independent suppliers of embedded computer products.
SSDI considers Osprey CE alloys as 'prime material' for use in power module basplates
Solid States Devices, Inc. (SSDI) recently completed an extensive range of tests on Osprey Metals' silicon/aluminum 'CE (Controlled Expansion) Alloys' and found that they offer a significant price and performance improvement over aluminum/silicon/carbon (AlSiC) and
New spring wire steel grade developed by Sandvik
A new grade of stainless steel spring wire has been developed by Sandvik Materials Technology.
DuPont electronic materials keep Mars rovers going one year later
One year to the month after Spirit and Opportunity landed on Mars, the Rovers are still roaming the planet, sending back crystal-clear images of the Martian surface. Their durable parts help keep them going, enabled by DuPont science.
DSM expands production capacity at Kunshan plant in China
DSM Eternal Resins (Kunshan) has decided to expand its production facility for polyester powder coating resins in Kunshan, China.
Borealis develops Beta-PPR RA7050 hot and cold water pressure pipe systems
Borealis has brought a major raw material innovation to the hot and cold water pressure pipe sector with the development of Beta-PPR RA7050.
Rohm and Haas expands Delaware slurry manufacturing operations
Rohm and Haas Electronic Materials CMP Technologies, a leader in polishing technology for the global semiconductor industry, has expanded its slurry manufacturing operations in Newark, Delaware, USA.
Research demystifies quantum properties of exotic materials
Physicists from Rice University, Rutgers University and the Max-Planck Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids in Dresden, Germany, offers a new explanation of the way quantum effects could create some of the strange electronic properties that have been observed in the important class of 'heavy fer
Annual Report 2003 European Aluminium Association
The 2003 European Aluminium Association (EAA) Annual Report is out. It is a comprehensive overview of both the European Aluminium markets in 2003 and the progress made on our most relevant issues and projects.
The oldest known nanotechnology dates back to the 9th century!
The oldest known nanotechnology dates back to the fabrication of the first lustre potteries. Some Abbasid lustre ceramics have a complex and fine decoration and form nano-gratings, the so-called polychrome lustre in which multi-coloured iridescence can be present: a famous example are the Abbasid ti
Superconductivity - Electrons in Single File Provide New Insights
A team at the University of Innsbruck, Austria has been successful in conducting electrons in metals along predetermined channels. This behaviour, observed for the first time in metals, provides important insights into the interactions of electrons - and on how the phenomenon of the current flow wit
Software tool finds needles in data haystacks
When looking for a needle in a haystack, it's helpful to know what a needle looks like. A new software tool developed by researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) makes it possible to find chemical 'needles' in data 'haystacks' without having to know anything about the
Molecular chains line up to form a new chemical state, called a protopolymer
First observation of extended chains of molecules that exhibit a strong interaction without forming chemical bonds.
Tiny nanocables could figure in toxin detection
Tiny nanocables, 1000 times smaller than a human hair, could become key parts of toxin detectors, miniaturised solar cells and powerful computer chips. The work is published online in the Journal of the American Chemical Society.
Technology to prevent mould and decay in wood building products
The Alberta Research Council and Genics of Acheson, Alberta, have developed a technology to prevent mould, decay and termite attacks in wood composite products.
Researchers unlock mysteries of toxic metals in the largest contaminated site in United States
Copper mining in Butte and Anaconda, Montana, starting in 1860's, poisoned the air, the land, and the water; well over 100 years later, contaminants are still found as far as 300 miles down the Clark Fork River, w
Alcan Sells assets within its Ores and Concentrates trading business
Alcan Inc announced today that it has reached an agreement to sell assets of its Ores and Concentrates trading division to its current management team. Terms of the transaction will not be disclosed.
High-temperature superconductors: magnetic glue may be the clue
Striking pictures of magnetic waves inside advanced ceramics may be the clue to understanding how they can transmit electricity without losing energy, according to results obtained by two teams of scientists using the UK's world-leading ISIS neutron source in Oxfordshire.
Beryllium Copper meets Bathing Beauty
Armitage Shanks, renowned for its stylish, high quality and up-to-the-minute bathroom ware, is in parternship with ITC Tooling
ESAB - looking forward to bright future
Few manufacturing companies beleive they are able to view their short and medium term business prospects with the same level of optimism as ESAB.
Metal-plated fibre products are ready for use
A patented range of metal-plated carbon-fibre products is now commercially available for use in aerospace, defence, automotive, construction, medical and electronics applications.
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