• "Tin has many uses. It takes a high polish and is used to coat other metals to prevent corrosion, such as in tin cans, which are made of tin-coated steel. Alloys of tin are important, such as soft solder, pewter, bronze and phosphor bronze. A niobium-tin alloy is used for superconducting magnets. Most window glass is made by floating molten glass on molten tin to produce a flat surface. Tin salts sprayed onto glass are used to produce electrically conductive coatings. The most important tin salt used is tin(II) chloride, which is used as a reducing agent and as a mordant for dyeing calico and silk. Tin(IV) oxide is used for ceramics and gas sensors. Zinc stannate (Zn2SnO4) is a fire-retardant used in plastics."
    • bostjan64
      Tin-plated steel cans stopped being produced in the late 1950's, and now everything is aluminium. Niobium-tin alloy is a good example. My superconducting magnet is niobium-titanium, but both are common (well, as common as superconducting magnet material can be, I suppose). I was previously unaware of the uses with glass, but I do work with tin(IV) oxide sensors, sometimes, although most of the metal-oxide gas sensors I work with are nickel-palladium, or platinum sensors.
    • Linda Joy
      I didn't know any of it. I learn by googling. Sorry I forgot the "". Thank you for the learning opportunity.

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