Xenon, an industrial gas that is often associated with science fiction and high-performance lighting, plays a crucial role in various industrial applications.
From its discovery to its modern-day applications and growing demand, xenon has a fascinating history and promising future in the industrial world.
Discovery and properties
Xenon was discovered in 1898 by Scottish chemist Sir William Ramsay and English chemist Morris Travers. They isolated xenon from liquid air by fractional distillation. The name ‘xenon’ is derived from the Greek word ‘xenos’ meaning ‘stranger’ or ‘foreigner’ – highlighting the element’s rarity in Earth’s atmosphere.
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