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BRING YOUR OWN ELEMENTS

Elements Shopping List

Be a part of ELEMENTS by bringing your own additions to the crowd-sourced periodic table of elements. Bring your own items to be placed in the gigantic periodic table of elements at SCIENCE GALLERY. See the shopping list below for some suggestions on everyday items that contain the chemicals elements on the periodic table and to check what has already been added.

no. name preferred object alternative object item needed?
89 actinium OMIT OMIT OMIT
13 aluminium Cooking pot (addresses possible health hazards) Drinks can (addresses expense of obtaining; recycling) Yes, Please bring.
95 americium Smoke detector   Yes, Please bring.
51 antimony Type metal   Yes, Please bring.
18 argon Fluorescent light   Yes, Please bring.
33 arsenic Arsenic and Old Lace playbill (highlight its widespread use as poison) Rice (often with dangerously high levels of As from ground water) Yes, Please bring.
85 astatine OMIT OMIT OMIT
56 barium Barium meal (barium sulphate) and X-ray   Yes, Please bring.
4 beryllium Beryl gemstone   Yes, Please bring.
83 bismuth Pepto-Bismol   Yes, Please bring.
5 boron Borax washing powder   Yes, Please bring.
35 bromine Sodium bromide jacuzzi salt Bromo-Seltzer packet (bromide sedative) Yes, Please bring.
48 cadmium Tubes of artists' paint Nickel-cadmium battery Yes, Please bring.
55 caesium A clock with picks up time from an atomic clock using Cs isotope   Yes, Please bring.
20 calcium Alabaster or marble carving seashells Yes, Please bring.
6 carbon Industrial diamond Piece of graphite Yes, Please bring.
58 cerium Cigarette lighter  Jeweller's rouge (cerium oxide) Yes, Please bring.
17 chlorine Vacuum vessel containing CFC refrigerant Hypochlorite bleach Yes, Please bring.
24 chromium Chrome-plated design object Alexandrite gemstone  Yes, Please bring.
27 cobalt Delft tile, majolica, Spode etc china Foods high in Co-containing vitamin B12 Yes, Please bring.
29 copper Assorted coins Solenoid or electrical coil  Yes, Please bring.
96 curium OMIT OMIT OMIT
66 dysprosium SoundBug device uses magnetostrictive Terfenol alloy Halide discharge lamp (uses dysprosium iodide) Yes, Please bring.
68 erbium Welder's goggles, pink tinted (use erbium oxide to absorb IR)   Yes, Please bring.
63 europium €5 banknote (and needs UV light)   Yes, Please bring.
9 fluorine Fluoridated toothpaste Teflon or PTFE item Yes, Please bring.
87 francium OMIT OMIT OMIT
64 gadolinium MRI scan using Gd compound as contrast agent    Yes, Please bring.
31 gallium Gallium arsenide LEDs   Yes, Please bring.
32 germanium Wide-angle camera lens (Ge glass has high refractive index) 1940s transistor (Ge now hardly used as a semiconductor) Yes, Please bring.
79 gold auranofin (Ridaura) gold-containing anti-rheumatic treatment Recovered gold fillings Yes, Please bring.
72 hafnium Part of a nuclear reactor control rod   Yes, Please bring.
2 helium Helium-filled balloon lifting an object   Yes, Please bring.
67 holmium OMIT OMIT OMIT
1 hydrogen Prototype car hydrogen fuel cell Part of experimental hydrogen fusion apparatus Yes, Please bring.
49 indium OMIT OMIT OMIT
53 iodine Tincture of iodine Preserved goitre / thyroid gland  Yes, Please bring.
77 iridium Spark plugs and pen nibs (Ir used here because it is the most corrosion-resistant element) Metlallic meteorite (Ir isotopes provide evidence for K-T boundary that may have wiped out dinosaurs) Yes, Please bring.
26 iron Blood sample An old iron (made of iron) Yes, Please bring.
36 krypton Fluorescent tube (pale violet)   Yes, Please bring.
57 lanthanum lanthanum carbonate (used to reduce phosphate in kidney patients)   Yes, Please bring.
82 lead lead battery anode lead crystal glassware Yes, Please bring.
3 lithium Lithium anti-depressant pills lithium batteries Yes, Please bring.
71 lutetium OMIT OMIT OMIT
12 magnesium Ship’s sacrificial anode Green-leafed plant (Mg is at the centre of chlorophyll molecule) Yes, Please bring.
25 manganese Short section of railway track (manganese steel) Shi’s propeller (manganese bronze)  Yes, Please bring.
80 mercury Mercury thermometer Tenniel illustration of Alice in Wonderland (the Mad Hatter was made because of mercury used in hat-making) Yes, Please bring.
42 molybdenum High-speed drills, saw blades (molybdenum steel) Molybdenum sulphide lubricant Yes, Please bring.
60 neodymium Glazed ceramics (but see also praseodymium)   Yes, Please bring.
10 neon Neon sign (may be redundant with Portraits, if so OMIT)   Yes, Please bring.
93 neptunium OMIT OMIT OMIT
28 nickel Nickel-plated design object (c 1920s–30s) Tape measure using Invar alloy (doesn’t expand or contract)  Yes, Please bring.
41 niobium Iridescent jewellery (but see also tantalum) Ann Marie Shillito? Yes, Please bring.
7 nitrogen Supermarket produce sealed in nitrogen atmosphere Nitroglycerine tablets (as blood vessel dilation agent and dynamite ingredient) Yes, Please bring.
76 osmium OMIT OMIT OMIT
8 oxygen Peroxide hair bleaching chemicals Aeroplane or hospital oxygen mask  Yes, Please bring.
46 palladium Car catalytic converter section ‘White gold’ jewellery  Yes, Please bring.
15 phosphorus fertilizer Coca-Cola, said to contain high levels of corrosive phosphoric acid Yes, Please bring.
78 platinum ‘Platinum’ disc or credit card Item of jewellery or platinum gauze cataylst Yes, Please bring.
94 plutonium Homoeopathic plutonium   Yes, Please bring.
84 polonium Litvinenko murder press cuttings   Yes, Please bring.
19 potassium A banana / other foods high in K   Yes, Please bring.
59 praseodymium Glazed ceramics   Yes, Please bring.
61 promethium OMIT OMIT OMIT
91 protactinium OMIT OMIT OMIT
88 radium Radium indicator needles Radium branded product (eg. HAW shoe blackener) Yes, Please bring.
86 radon Piece of granite (releases radon)   Yes, Please bring.
75 rhenium OMIT OMIT OMIT
45 rhodium Optical mirror or headlight reflector (uses Rh coating)   Yes, Please bring.
37 rubidium OMIT OMIT OMIT
44 ruthenium Chip resistors Porphyra seaweed (became contaminated with radioactive ruthenium leaked from Sellafield) Yes, Please bring.
62 samarium miniature headphones (use Sm alloy, though not latest models)   Yes, Please bring.
21 scandium Seeds of wheat, corn, pea etc (scandiium salt solutiion used to assist germination)   Yes, Please bring.
34 selenium Selenium diet supplement (only shown to be essential in 1975) Bottle of breath freshener (excess selenium gives Yes, Please bring.
14 silicon Silicone breast implant Quartz crystal (resonances used in time-keeping devices) Yes, Please bring.
47 silver B/W photograph Christening cup (link to family wealth in silver etc) Yes, Please bring.
11 sodium Salt (two heaps: recommended and actual daily consumption?)   Yes, Please bring.
38 strontium Red fireworks   Yes, Please bring.
16 sulphur Onion family plants (gives sulphur in diet) Sulphur powder (sold to fumigate greenhouses etc)  Yes, Please bring.
73 tantalum Jewellery (but see also niobium) Skull plates and bolts for bone repairs Yes, Please bring.
43 technetium OMIT OMIT OMIT
52 tellurium Tyre (Te used to help cure vulcanized rubber)   Yes, Please bring.
65 terbium SoundBug device uses magnetostrictive Terfenol alloy (but see also dysprosium)   Yes, Please bring.
81 thallium Thallium sulphate pesticide (banned in many placed because it is very poisonous)   Yes, Please bring.
90 thorium Historic gas mantle   Yes, Please bring.
69 thulium OMIT OMIT OMIT
50 tin Tin soldier Tinned can Yes, Please bring.
22 titanium Hip joint replacement Tin of household white paint Yes, Please bring.
74 tungsten Light bulb with tungsten filament Anti-tank shell (tungsten used for its density, in the same way as DU; only if we don’t show a DU shell in Portraits) Yes, Please bring.
92 uranium Item of red Fiestaware   Yes, Please bring.
23 vanadium Spanners stamped ‘Vanadium steel’ Preserved tunicate specimens (these concentrate vanadium which contributes to their bright colours) Yes, Please bring.
54 xenon Strobe lamp Biocidal Xe discharge lamp (as used in food preparation areas) Yes, Please bring.
70 ytterbium OMIT OMIT OMIT
39 yttrium Yttrium-90 radiotherapy needles Yttrium aluminium garnet crystal (used in lasers) Yes, Please bring.
30 zinc Galvanized building component (eg. scaffolding joint) Zinc oxide sunblock Yes, Please bring.
40 zirconium Zircon artificial diamond   Yes, Please bring.