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Antimony & Compounds
Antimony (Sb) in its pure state is a lustrous grey metallic compound used primarily for its fire retardant and hardening properties. While rarely used in its pure state, a number of antimony-based alloys and chemical compounds play a critical role across dozens of industries.
Applications of Antimony and its compounds
- Flame retardants. The vast majority of antimony used commercially goes to the production of flame retardant materials, coatings, etc.
- Alloys. The second most common application of antimony is in the production of commercially valued alloys, especially various PbSb alloys (Lead-Antimony).
- Energy storage. Antimony compounds are often used in the production of batteries, especially conventional lead-acid batteries and as anodes for lithium-ion and sodium-ion batteries.
- Catalysis. Antimony is used in the production of various commercially and academically valued chemicals as a catalytic agent.
- Fining agent. Antimony is one of the common fining agents used in the production of various glasses.
- Pigment. Used as a pigment and opacifier in glasses, ceramics, enamels, and dyes.
- Medicine. Antimony compounds see usage in a number of medications and treatments for humans and animals, including emetics, antiprotozoan drugs, and skin conditioners.
- Electronics. Used increasingly in the production of semiconductors, considered an emerging material in the production of microelectronics.
- Neutron sources. Natural antimony can be used in startup neutron sources.
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