Element Cube: Zinc Zn
Zinc (Zn) is an abundant metal, found in the Earth’s crust, with a
myriad of industrial and biological uses. At room temperature, zinc is
brittle and blue-white in color, but it can be polished to a bright finish. Man-made zinc alloy products have been reliably dated as far back as 500 BC, and zinc was first intentionally added to copper to form brass around 200-300 BC.
Alessandro Volta created the first battery in 1800 using copper and
zinc plates, ushering in a new era of electrical knowledge. By 1837,
Stanislas Sorel had named his new process of zinc-plating
galvanization after Luigi Galvani, who had discovered the animating
effect of electricity while autopsying frogs. Galvanization, a form of
cathodic protection, can protect a wide variety of metals. It's now the primary industrial application of pure zinc.
This cube weighs in at 8 ounces. It measures 1.25” square. Each cube is stamped with periodic table symbol (Zn), name, atomic number, atomic weight, and density.