IYPT 2019 Elements 071: Lutetium: Meteorite dating, catalysis and cancer treatment

Element 71 in our International Year of the Periodic Table series is lutetium. Lutetium can be used to determine the age of meteorites and is also used as a catalyst and in some cancer treatments. Lutetium is used to date meteorites and minerals using lutetium-hafnium dating. This uses the decay of lutetium-176 into hafnium-176, a […]