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Uses of Iron

Iron, which has the chemical symbol Fe, is an extremely useful metal and the most common element 0n the planet Earth. Here are some of the more common uses of iron in the world today.

Uses of Iron

  • Iron catalysts are used in the Haber-Bosch Process to produce ammonia and the Fischer-Tropsch Process to convert carbon monoxide to hydrocarbons used for fuels and lubricants.
  • Iron metal is strong but is also quite cheap. Therefore, it is the most common metal in use today. Most automobiles, machine tools, the hulls of large ships, building parts and machine parts are made out of iron.
  • Stainless steel is a very common type of steel. Steel is made by combining iron with other metals. Stainless steel is used in building parts, cooking pots and pans, cutlery and surgical equipment. It is also used in aircraft and automobiles. Stainless steel is also 100% recyclable (see our post how does recycling help the environment).
  • Iron (III) chloride is a very important compound. It is used in the treatment of sewage, as a dye for cloth, as a coloring agent for paint, an additive in animal feed, an in the manufacture of printed circuit boards.
  • Iron (II) sulfate is used to treat iron deficiency (anemia). It also removes very small sewage particles in water tanks.

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