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Oersted, Hans Christian

In 1825, Hans Christian Oersted, a Danish scientist (1777-1851), became the first person to produce pure aluminium. Further information on Hans...

Optical properties

The optical properties of a material indicate how it will respond if it is subjected to light, heat and electromagnetic radiation. With its bare...

Oxidation

Oxidation is the chemical reaction of a substance with oxygen. The word derives from the Latin word ‘oxygenium’ meaning oxygen.

Oxide film

An oxide film is a very thin ‘skin’ containing aluminium oxides that forms immediately aluminium and its alloys come into contact with air or water....