Magnesium: uses

The following uses for magnesium are gathered from a number of sources as well as from anecdotal comments. I'd be delighted to receive corrections as well as additional referenced uses (please use the feedback mechanism to add uses).

  • used in flares and pyrotechnics, including incendiary bombs. It was used in flash photography,
  • it is lighter than aluminium, and is used in alloys used for aircraft, car engine casings, and missile construction
  • it is used a reducing agent for the production of uranium and other metals from their salts
  • the hydroxide (milk of magnesia), chloride, sulphate (Epsom salts), and the citrate are used in medicine
  • magnesium oxide is refractory and used as bricks and liners in furnaces
  • used to make organomagnesium compounds (Grignard reagents), useful in organic synthesis
  • used in computers for radio-frequency shielding

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