Periodic table of the elements

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H
He
Li How many times have you been saved by this device? These portable batteries are made of lithium and incorporate several other metals in their composition: copper, aluminum, cobalt and nickel.
Be
B On the outside, we have aluminum and the silicon of the camera lens, inside a smartphone we lose count to the necessary metals: cobalt, lithium and aluminum for the batteries; gold, silver, copper and tungsten for the electric components; silicon associated to antimony, arsenic, boron, indium and gallium for the processor; tantalum for the microcondensers; nickel, neodymium, praseodymium, boron, dysprosium and iron for the sound and vibration system; aluminum, silicon, potassium, Indian, tin, various elements of the rare earth group for the screen and copper, tin and silver for welding.
C
N
O
F
Ne
Na
Mg
Al Aluminium for the frame and silicon, calcium and sodium for the glass. By the type of characteristics you want for the glass, a whole set of other metals can be added, such as iron, manganese, cobalt, selenium or titanium.
Si Besides silicon, we need sodium, magnesium and aluminum. But to obtain that crystal effect on those glasses you use only for special occasions and drink champagne, we need to add lead and, although less essential, zinc and potassium.
P For us to grow and farm food, we need P-rich fertilizers, which are mainly extracted from phosphorite, a phosphorous-rich sedimentary rock.
S
Cl
Ar
K
Ca Even textiles do not escape the fashion of metals: industrial dyes and pigments are made of many metals! Cadmium, lead, chromium or even titanium are often used.
Sc Aluminium or titanium for the handlebar, aluminium steel and magnesium for the brakes, aluminium and steel for the gears, chain, saddle and pedals, titanium or stainless steel for the spokes, iron and steel for the brake cables and finally aluminium, steel, molybdenum, magnesium, titanium alloys or scandium for the frame. We need to mine all these metals to drive an ecological bicycle.
Ti To get good and keep a healthy tan, we depend on zinc and titanium. When we rub these metals on the skin, they act as mirrors that will reflect the ultraviolet rays.
V
Cr Chromium, iron, nickel, lead...and butter for the best toasts in the universe, because the lead present in your toaster was produced in a supermassive star.
Mn
Fe If you need support, the metals will be there for you: from stainless steel chairs, to plastic chairs (with metallic leg structures inside) and even wooden chairs (nails and screws). Oh, and also all plastic chairs depend on metals as metals are used for the moulds: there is no turning back, no metal, no rest!
Co
Ni A combination of iron, chromium and nickel to ensure you eat well! For special festive days, cutlery are made of sterling silver, silver plate or silver bath.
Cu For best washing the clothes, the washing drum is made of stainless steel or another variant of this alloy, and the electric motor, made of aluminum or copper. Screens, silencers, timers, are all extras that depend on more metals. Essential to mammals, copper (in the form of sulphate) is present in food made especially for pets.
Zn Wearing specialized running clothes is not only a matter of fashion. Silver is used in socks and t-shirts to neutralize not only smells!, but also bacteria; the zips are made with chromium-coated zinc; the reflectors are produced with aluminum and, in general, several pieces incorporate copper for its antibacterial properties.
Ga
Ge
As
Se Selenium and silicon for car glasses; titanium for car paint; platinum, palladium and rhodium for the catalysts, copper for the brakes, zinc for the tyres and a little bit of every metal of the periodic table to produce alloys common to all types of vehicles.
Br
Kr
Rb
Sr
Y
Zr Aluminium and tungsten for the sticks; aluminium, titanium and boron in the bases of snowboards' and skis' tips; aluminum, lead, titanium, lithium, silicon, tin and zirconium in the boots.
Nb
Mo Aluminium, molybdenum and steel for the structure, cobalt and rare earth elements for the magnets, copper for the wires, zinc for galvanization and rare earth elements for the batteries. All these metals, coming from mines around the world, are needed for each of the many mills that produce wind energy.
Tc Tungsten for the X-ray detector and lead, copper and silicon for the remaining components. As radio-isotopic agents we use technetium and rare earths' thulium and iterbium.
Ru
Rh
Pd
Ag Hard silver (with 7.5% silver is the most used metal to make jewelry, as copper, another metal), or bathing with cheaper metals. It is followed by gold, usually alloyed with other metals such as silver, copper, nickel or zinc, being the percentage of gold represented by carats. But don't get excited! Having the maximum of carats (24ct) will not make good jewelry, because pure gold is soft and malleable. Other valuable metals in this industry are platinum (the most expensive) and titanium (the most resistant).
Cd
In
Sn Nebra sky disk is the oldest concrete depiction of the cosmos and is originally made of gold, copper and tin.
Sb A simple laptop is almost a mobile periodic table in itself! mostly made of: aluminum, antimony, arsenic, barium, beryllium, cadmium, chromium, cobalt, copper, gallium, gold, iron, lead, manganese, mercury, palladium, platinum, selenium, silver and zinc.
Te A solar panel needs aluminum and steel for the structure, boron, gallium and arsenic for the semiconductor materials, cadmium and copper for the thin-film solar cells, copper for the phos, silicon and molybdenum for the photovoltaic cells, gallium, indium, selenium, silicon and tellurium for the solar cells, titanium for the panels and lead for the batteries.
I
Xe
Cs The role of metals is not limited to the glasses (silicon) where we keep our favorite spices. Condiments and spices are some of the food submitted to irradiation, a physical process of treatment to improve sanitary quality and increase conservation, through the elimination of microorganisms such as Salmonella and Escherichia coli. Cobalt and cesium are the most used elements in this process.
Ba To see the great classics from the comfort of your couch, you need silicon, aluminum, copper, zinc, tin, gold and chromium for the electronic components and even elements of the Rare Earth group, so that the colors are more alive.
La-Lu
Hf
Ta
W Metals also guide you in the dark! Besides for using in wiring (copper),they are essential for lighting! To produce light from electricity, you need tungsten (wolframite or scheelite), silicon (quartz), and even phosphorous!
Re
Os
Ir
Pt
Au Silicon, gold, tin and copper are enough to wake you up! however the more features your alarm clock has, the more metals will be on this list!
Hg
Tl
Pb Considered an ecological alternative, this device depends on many metals exploited in mines. The electrophoretic display consists of titanium dioxide particles suspended in hydrocarbons. The fexible circuit connector contains thin strips of copper and other metals. The WIFI card contains several Rare Earths. Next are the circuit boards, with silicon and copper, which are coated with four metals: tin, lead, nickel and gold. The batteries are made of lithium.
Bi We may have never won gold, silver and bronze, but most of us have already received a medal made of another metal more accessible as copper, brass, iron, aluminum, lead, nickel or pellet, a malleable tin alloy with copper, antimony and bismuth, that may also contain lead or silver.
Po
At
Rn
Fr
Ra
Ac-Lr
Rf
Db
Sg
Bh
Hs
Mt
Ds
Rg
Cn
Nh
FI
Mc
Lv
Ts
Og
La
Ce
Pr
Nd Even if we want music for ourselves, we still depend on copper, neodymium magnets, iron and boron, and also praseodymium and gadolinium.
Pm
Sm Samarium, cobalt, aluminum, nickel, rare earths such as dysprosium and praseodymium and neodymium, iron and boron magnets.
Eu
Gd
Tb
Dy
Ho
Er We don't see it, but it is essential to make distances smaller: erbium, europium, terbium and yttrium, all rare earth metals essential for these filaments are almost as thin as hair strands.
Tm
Yb
Lu
Ac
Th
Pa
U
Np
Pu
Am
Cm
Bk
Cf
Es
Fm
Md
No
Lr

Aknowledgements to Michel Jebrak, UQAM and Sofia Pereira and Jose Kullberg for providing us with some of the data displayed in this periodic table ("A mina em que vivemos", by Sofia Pereira and Alexandra Couto, Edition of Sociedade Geologica de Portugal) https://www.socgeol.pt/actualities/show_regular_actuality?id=a-mina-em-que-vivemos-livro-editado-pela-sociedade-geologica-de-portugal

Periodic table modified from Generalic, Eni. "Download Images." EniG. Periodic Table of the Elements. KTF-Split, 3 Mar. 2020. Web. 23 Dec. 2020.