Colour: Silvery white, blue cast
Density: 22.59 g/cm<sup>3</sup>
Crystal System: Hexagonal
Transparency: opaque
Lustre: Metallic: This luster has the shine of polished metal, like gold, silver, or copper. It reflects light strongly and uniformly, creating a mirror-like appearance.
Os
Type: Metal, Platinum Group Metal
Mohs Hardness: 7
Melting Point(RT): 3033 °C
Boiling Point: 5012 °C
Magnetism: Paramagnetic
Thermal Conductivity: 87.6 W/(m⋅K)
Electrical Resistivity: 81.2 nΩ⋅m (at 0 °C)

General Information

Osmium is the densest naturally occurring element. While Zambia doesn't have dedicated platinum group metal (PGM) mines currently, there are indications of PGMs present in some existing copper and nickel deposits. The most common use of osmium is as a platinum metal alloy for hardening, catalyst in chemical reactions, as an investment or as jewelry.

Value

Osmium does fetch a high price due to it being a precious metal. It is used in investment and jewelry.

Application

Location

Osmium can be located at copper and nickel mines as a result of being a by-product of their mining. This is mostly in the copperbelt and north western provinces.

Processing

Extraction often occurs as a byproduct during copper or nickel processing, making their production dependent on the economics of those main metals.

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