The History of Stainless Steel—Part 2

The First Stainless Steels in the Laboratory

November 01, 2012

Leon Guillet

The availability of low-carbon ferro-chromium following a process developed by German chemist Hans Goldschmidt in 1895 was a key step leading to the discovery of stainless steels. In 1898 in France, A. Carnot and E. Goutal proved the detrimental effect of carbon in iron-chromium alloys through the formation of chromium carbides, which effectively reduced the chromium content available to provide corrosion resistance.

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Nickel and sustainability

Towards a circular economy

August 30, 2018


Feature Story:
A catalyst for sustainable operations
Nickel-containing catalysts are widely used in the refining and petrochemical industries worldwide. At end-of-life, catalysts are either sent to landfill or sent for recycling to recover the valuable metals they contain. Refineries in Kuwait are changing the way they handle spent catalysts.