Kuulpeeps, we are very sure that you’re wondering why we are talking about Lithium today.
Yes, it’s unlike us to talk about the elements on the periodic table. If you’re not a nerd and reading a General Science related program at the university, chances are you dumped the periodic table way back in Senior High School.
Just in case you still don’t remember what the periodic table is, it is a tabular arrangement of the chemical elements, ordered by their atomic number, electron configuration, and recurring chemical properties.
Which in this case is, Li for Lithium with an atomic number of 3.
Yesterday, it was reported that Ghana has discovered deposits of lithium in the Western, Ashanti and Volta Regions. According to Fortune Magazine, Lithium is the metal of the future.
So yeah, it might be the new gold rush and before it becomes another mineral we pride ourselves with but don’t actually benefit from it, we thought we should take on a Lithium crush course. At least we will learn something and help out our younger siblings, nieces and nephews with their homework while the big men fatten their bellies with the newly discovered natural resource.
Yes, as said earlier, Lithium is soft enough to cut with a knife and it is also so light, it can float on water but don’t be fooled, it is very reactive and flammable and can cause burns if it comes into contact with the skin.
This special metal is used in a number of industrial products. It is used in electric batteries and it is also used to manufacture ceramics and glass.
That ceramics factory H.E Nana Addo commissioned in the Western Region will no longer need to import lithium.
It is also used to produce lubricating greases. Lithium hydroxide is a strong base and, when heated with a fat, produces soap. The lithium soap has the ability to thicken oils, and it is used to manufacture all-purpose, high-temperature lubricating greases.
But the most surprising use of this metal is in the area of medicine. Lithium is also used to produce anti-depression drugs that treat ailments such as bipolar disorder.