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Subject:  Chemist: Iron replaces platinum Date:  10/16/2012  1:41 PM
Author:  pauleckler Number:  46617 of 46847

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/16/science/modern-day-alchemy...

The platinum catalyst in silicone sealants is a major cost element. This should be a major boone for Dow-Corning and its owners. Also Wacker. (Most other players--General Electric, Rhodia--have sold that business.)

You wonder what other uses of platinum can be replaced with abundant iron. Platinum is also a catalyst often used for hydrogenation (although Raney nickel is cheaper) as in hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated fats and oils.
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