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Gadolinium Powder

Gadolinium Powder

Gadolinium Powder
Product No NRE-8018
CAS 7440-54-2
Purity  99.9%
Molecular Formula Gd
Molecular Weight 157.25 g/mol
Color Grey Black
Density 7.90 g/cm³
APS <40 µm (can be customized)
Melting Point 1312 °C
Boiling Point 3000 °C

Gadolinium Powder

Gadolinium is a chemical element with the symbol Gd and atomic number 64. It is a rare-earth metal and has a number of applications, especially in various high-tech and scientific fields. One common form in which gadolinium is used is gadolinium powder. Here are some of the applications of gadolinium powder:

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI): Gadolinium-based contrast agents are used in MRI scans to enhance the visibility of blood vessels and tissues. Gadolinium powders are used to create these contrast agents, which help improve the diagnostic capabilities of MRI machines.

Nuclear Reactors: Gadolinium is used as a neutron absorber in nuclear reactors. It helps control the rate of nuclear fission by absorbing excess neutrons, contributing to reactor safety.

Luminescent Materials: Gadolinium-based phosphors are used in the manufacturing of color television tubes, LED lighting, and other display technologies. These materials emit bright and stable light when exposed to electrons or UV radiation.

High-Temperature Superconductors: Gadolinium is sometimes added to high-temperature superconductors to enhance their performance. Superconductors have various applications, including in medical equipment and power transmission.

Metallurgy: Gadolinium is used in metallurgy to improve the properties of alloys. For example, it can be added to steel to increase its resistance to high temperatures and improve its magnetic properties.

Nuclear Medicine: Gadolinium isotopes are used in nuclear medicine for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes. Gadolinium-153, for instance, is used in brachytherapy to treat cancer.

Catalysts: Gadolinium-based catalysts are used in chemical reactions to speed up or control the reaction rates in various industrial processes.

Magnets: Gadolinium compounds can be used to manufacture permanent magnets, particularly for specialized applications like magnetic refrigeration and sensors.

Electronics: Gadolinium-based materials can be used in various electronic devices, including sensors and magnetic switches.

Research and Development: Gadolinium is utilized in various research applications, such as neutron radiography, and neutron scattering experiments, and as a calibration standard in analytical chemistry.