Chemical Element: europium
(Modern Latin: chemical element; named for Europe; rare earth)
Chemical-Element InformationSymbol: Eu
Atomic number: 63
Year discovered: 1896
Discovered by: Eugéne-Anatole Demarçay (1852-1903), a French chemist.
- The discovery of europium is generally credited to Eugéne-Anatole Demarçay, who separated the earth in reasonably pure form in 1901 from a material containing largely samarium.
- Pure europium metal was not isolated until much more recently.
- It is used in the manufacture of nuclear control rods.
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