Agent Name

Erbium

CAS Number

7440-52-0

Formula

Er

Major Category

Metals

Category

Rare Earth Metals

Description

Soft metal soluble in acids; [Merck Index] Pure metal is soft, malleable, and silvery bright; All 6 natural isotopes are stable; [Reference #1]

Sources/Uses

Source: rare earth minerals; Used in nuclear control rods, alloys, and lasers; [Hawley] Recent improvements in ion-exchange techniques have reduced the cost of isolating this element, and it is finding uses in nuclear technology and metallurgy. Erbium alloys have advantages in workability. Erbium colorants are used to produce pink glass and ceramic glazes; [Reference #1]

Comments

Fine metal is flammable; [Hawley] See "RARE EARTH METALS" and linked occupational diseases.

Reference Link

LANL: Erbium

Exposure Assessment
Explanatory Notes

mp = 1522 deg C; [Merck Index]

Adverse Effects
Fibrogenic

Yes

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