Nickel is the 5th most common element on the Earth with the concentration of nickel in the Earth’s crust being 80 parts per million. More than two thirds of the global nickel production is used to produce stainless steel which is useful in many different applications. Nickel(ii) phthalocyanine has the appearance of dark blue / purple powder or crystals and is used in thin film technology which has applications in gas sensing and electronic devices.
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