Elements, the Fundamental Building Blocks: Shortages, Dispersion and Recycling – with Elio Giamello
- IN ENGLISH
- AULA MAGNA
- TIME: 5,30pm – 6,30pm
- CFU 0,15
The conversation will focus on the 90 stable elements classified in Mendeleev’s well-known periodic table. These are the building blocks of the material world, the fundamental components that make up all living and non-living matter. The origin of the elements will be briefly described and their abundance on our planet discussed, before looking at the problem of the current and potentially future scarcity of some elements of critical importance to modern technology, such as gold, lithium, cobalt and rare earth metals. The example of a potentially critical element involved in biological cycles, phosphorous, will also be looked at. The urgent need for the systematic recovery and recycling of all the goods we use, essential to sustainable development, will be stressed.
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