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Carl Auer von Welsbach: Chemist, Inventor, Entrepreneur

  • Roland Adunka
  • Mary Virginia Orna

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Molecular Science book series (BRIEFSMOLECULAR)

Also part of the SpringerBriefs in History of Chemistry book sub series (BRIESFHISTCHEM)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Roland Adunka, Mary Virginia Orna
    Pages 1-7
  3. Roland Adunka, Mary Virginia Orna
    Pages 8-16
  4. Roland Adunka, Mary Virginia Orna
    Pages 17-34
  5. Roland Adunka, Mary Virginia Orna
    Pages 35-56
  6. Roland Adunka, Mary Virginia Orna
    Pages 57-80
  7. Roland Adunka, Mary Virginia Orna
    Pages 81-98
  8. Roland Adunka, Mary Virginia Orna
    Pages 99-113
  9. Roland Adunka, Mary Virginia Orna
    Pages 114-125
  10. Roland Adunka, Mary Virginia Orna
    Pages 126-131
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 132-140

About this book

Introduction

This Brief documents the life, discoveries and inventions of the chemist Carl Auer von Welsbach. Particular attention is given to his pioneering work on the rare earth elements, including the discovery of four new elements, which allowed him to develop new materials, to invent new useful devices and to establish major industries.

From the invention of the incandescent gas mantle and first electric incandescent lamps with metal filaments to the first mass production of radium from pitchblende residues, readers will learn the story of his notable legacy to the word through the lens of his rare earths knowledge.

Keywords

Rare Earth elements Commercial Lighting Analytical Techniques Chemical Industry incandescent gas mantle neodymium discovery praseodymium discovery mass production of radium metal filament light bulb Lighting flint

Authors and affiliations

  • Roland Adunka
    • 1
  • Mary Virginia Orna
    • 2
  1. 1.Auer von Welsbach-MuseumAlthofenAustria
  2. 2.Department of ChemistryCollege of New RochelleNew RochelleUSA

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