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Jerry Haar You’ve seen it on TV—a smoking suitcase in an airport check-in line. A spontaneous fire in a handbag in a supermarket shopping cart. Is the culprit: ISIS? Al-Qaeda? No, lithium. The spontaneous combustion of lithium has garnered a good deal of attention in recently. A soft, silvery-white alkali metal, lithium has a number of industrial applications including heat-resistant glass and ceramics, lubricants, flux additives for metal processing, lithium batteries, and lithium-ion batteries. Given the fact that lithium plays such a prominent role in the energy field–powering mobile phones, electric cars and energy grids–we can expect greater attention to […]
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