4 Oct 2019

Rhodium - used in cars, drugs ... and aftershave

From Elemental, 8:00 am on 4 October 2019

Rhodium is a very expensive precious metal, whose major use is in catalytic convertors, as it is very good at reducing levels of nitrogen oxides.

The metal is used in mirrors and optical fibres, and as it is very shiny it is sometimes used as a coating for jewellery made from cheaper metals.

Rhodium turns up in lip balm, cough remedies, toothpaste and aftershave, because rhodium catalysts are used to make synthetic menthol flavours, says Professor Allan Blackman from the Auckland University of Technology, in episode 69 of Elemental.

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Professor Allan Blackman is at Auckland University of Technology.