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September 03, 2003— Ottawa, Ontario


Arsenic When Arsenic is employed as an additive, its presence helps to improve a remarkable number of properties of other elements, such as temperature, hardness, and corrosion resistance.

Boron Boron, which borders the transition between the metals and non-metals, is regarded as a semiconductor rather than a metallic conductor.

Carbon NRC researchers are exploring the production of single wall Carbon nanotubes — cylinders of one-atom thick walls — for fuel cell applications, nanocomposite materials, chemical sensors and nanoelectronics.

Full descriptions of each of these elements and many others listed in the Periodic Table of Elements can be found in a new Periodic Table Web site launched by the National Research Council of Canada (NRC).

Photo montage of Periodic Table of ElementsStudents and teachers can use this Web site, which has been designed to help users learn about the Periodic Table of Elements, chemistry, leading-edge research at NRC and more.

By clicking on an element, teachers and students have access to basic information about it, highlights of real-world applications, and links to relevant research. Connections and hyperlinks to leading-edge research at NRC for more than forty elements are provided. For example carbon is linked to nanotechnology, helium to NRM research, and magnesium to the development of organic light emitting devices.

The NRC Periodic Web site incorporates modern navigational tools, including alphabetical and symbol indices. The information on each element is presented in both English and French. A printer-friendly version of the Periodic Table is also offered on-line.

Launched during the 2003 Congress of the International Union for Pure and Applied Chemistry in Ottawa, it is one of several science outreach projects planned for the NRC Web site. We hope that this new educational science resource will contribute to the fostering of a better understanding of chemistry and its applications.

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