Agent Name

Dysprosium

CAS Number

7429-91-6

Formula

Dy

Major Category

Metals

Category

Rare Earth Metals

Description

Silvery metal. [ChemIDplus] Crystals that oxidize in moist air; Greenish-yellow salts; [Merck Index] Stable in air at room temperature; Dissolves in acids with release of hydrogen; Can be machined without igniting if overheating is avoided; [Reference #1]

Sources/Uses

Source: Rare earth minerals; [Merck Index] Used to measure neutron flux, to fuel reactors, and to activate phosphors; [Hawley] Potential uses include nuclear control rods, stainless steel alloys, manufacturing laser materials, and research; [Reference #1]

Comments

See "RARE EARTH METALS" and linked occupational diseases.

Reference Link

LANL: Dysprosium

Exposure Assessment
Explanatory Notes

mp = 1412 deg C; [Merck Index]

Adverse Effects
Fibrogenic

Yes

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