Vanadium is a chemical element with symbol V and atomic number 23. It is a hard, silvery-grey, ductile, malleable transition metal. Vanadium is rarely found in nature, but once isolated artificially, the formation of an oxide layer somewhat stabilizes the free metal against further oxidation.
Beyond the elemental basics, though, what else should we know about vanadium? Check out the 20 interesting facts below!
- Vanadium was first discovered by Spanish scientist Andres Manuel del Rio in 1801. However, Del Rio was later convinced by other scientists that what he had discovered was actually a form of chromium. The element was re-discovered by Swedish chemist Nils Sefstrom in 1830.
- Vanadium was isolated in 1867 by the English chemist Sir Henry Enfield Roscoe when he combined vanadium trichloride (VCl3) with hydrogen gas (H2).
Bushveld Minerals Limited (LON:BMN), together with its subsidiaries, engages in the exploration and development of mineral projects in South Africa. It operates through three segments: Vanadium and Iron Ore, Coal Exploration, and Vanadium Mining and Production.