|London, Berlin—Masataka Ogawa, Walter Noddack, Ida Tacke, Otto Berg elements|
- Ida Tacke might have been the one
- who discovered rhenium in 1925.
- It was named after her homeland Reinland
- along the Rhine.
- Her collaborators also got credit,
- her future husband Walter Noddack,
- and X-ray specialist Otto Berg,
- who identified the new element.
- Masataka Ogawa is usually ignored.
- He found it first in 1908,
- but he identified it as element 43.
- Others couldn’t replicate his work.
- Working backwards, Dmitri Mendeleev
- also deserves some credit.
- He predicted element 75
- as dvi-manganese in 1869.
Atomic number 75
- Nickel alloys with rhenium
- for military jet engines.
- Platinum–rhenium catalysts
- for refining gasoline.
- Tungsten-rhenium alloys
- for producing X-rays.
- Most elements are metals—
- shiny or oxidized solids,
- good conductors,
- and alloying with other metals.
- If it weren’t for chemistry,
- we’d all be like the tinman
- with rusted hinges.