Platinum group metals fight pollution and cancer

The platinum group metals are exceptionally rare elements vital to the healthcare, energy and transportation sectors. The six metals’ unique characteristics make them essential in or necessary to production of 20% of goods manufactured today.

Platinum group metals make major contributions to our health, playing a significant role in fighting cancer as active ingredients in chemotherapy drugs. They are also used in implants for radiation therapy. Because of their resistance to corrosion, platinum group metals are frequently found in pacemakers, implantable defibrillators, catheters, stents and neuromodulation devices.

Platinum group metals are key components of automobile pollution control devices and fuel cell technology that powers our electronic devices, cars and homes.

The info-graphic below from the National Mining Association shows the many uses of platinum group metals. This info-graphic could be a resource for teachers. More info-graphics are linked to below.

The platinum info-graphic can be downloaded as a PDF file at:


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