Niobium (Nb #41) is the next element on the periodic table for my APEX mineral collection.
Niobium Minerals - There are many Niobium minerals.
Niobium and Tantalum are so similar that they were long considered the same element called Columbium. The differences were finally established in the 20th century and the official name of Niobium was only settled in 1949.
- Melting point above 2000 °C
- High hardness at room temperature
- Chemically inert
- High density
- Powder metallurgy instead of machining to create manufactured parts