|Date of discovery||1789|
|Name of discoverer||Klaproth|
|Obtained from||Zircon mineral|
Zirconium is primarily used in the nuclear power industry, thanks to its low absorption of neutrons, the high energy particle from which nuclear power is generated. Commercial nuclear reactors may have as many as a half-million feet of zirconium tubing.
Cubic zirconia, a form of synthetic diamonds, is crystalline zirconium oxide (ZrO2).
|Periodic Table of the Elements|