OSMIUM



Osmium metal is almost entirely used to produce very hard alloys with other 


metals of the platinum group. Osmium tetroxide has recently been used to detect 


fingerprints and as an aid to stain biological samples in preparation for microscopy 


studies. Osmium is available as metal and compounds with purities from 99% to 


99.999% (ACS grade to ultra-high purity). Elemental or metallic forms include 


pellets, rod, wire and granules for evaporation source material purposes.Osmium 


nanoparticles and nanopowders are also available. Oxides are available in 


powder and dense pellet form for such uses as optical coating and thin film 


applications. Oxides tend to be insoluble. Fluorides are another insoluble form for 


uses in which oxygen is undesirable such as metallurgy, chemical and physical 


vapor deposition and in some optical coatings. Osmium is also available in soluble 


forms including chlorides, nitrates and acetates. These compounds can be 


manufactured as solutions at specified stoichiometries.

 

 

 

 

 
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