Nickel: uses

The following uses for nickel 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).

  • chiefly valuable for the alloys it forms such as stainless steel and other corrosion-resistant alloys
  • tubing made of a copper-nickel alloy is extensively used in making desalination plants for converting sea water into fresh water
  • used extensively in coinage and in making nickel steel for armour plate and burglar-proof vaults
  • nickel added to glass gives a green colour
  • nickel plating is often used to provide a protective coating for other metals
  • finely divided nickel is a catalyst for hydrogenating vegetable oils
  • batteries
  • electroplating

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