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Atomic symbol Zr
Atomic number 40
Atomic mass 91.22
Other Information
Date of discovery 1789
Name of discoverer Klaproth
Name origin Zircon
Uses Nuclear power
Obtained from Zircon mineral

Zirconium is a metallic element with a grayish-white metallic luster. It is primarily derived from zircon (ZrSi4), a mineral mentioned in the Bible. It is highly resistant to corrosion.

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.[1]

Cubic zirconia, a form of synthetic diamonds, is crystalline zirconium oxide (ZrO2).


  1. Zirconium, Los Alamos National Labs.