Critical twin metals take differing paths
Niobium prefers blue-collar work; tantalum is more high-tech Critical Minerals Alliances - September 9, 2021
Last updated 9/8/2021 at 1pm
Though it is tough to distinguish the nearly identical properties of niobium and tantalum in nature, at the workplace, one of these critical twin metals typically dons a hardhat and boots to work in the construction and energy industries while you are more apt to find the other working in the high-tech sector. Their differences, however, are subtle, and their careers sometimes overlap.