Molybdenum (Mo) is the first choice for managing challenging thermal applications because of high thermal conductivity, low thermal expansion and mechanical strengths at elevated temperatures applied in vacuum/inert furnaces, as well as heat sinks for electronic chips.  Additionally, molybdenum’s good electrical properties have resulted in application in microelectronics as thin film transistor in flat panel displays and electrode for photovoltaic.  The largest worldwide application of molybdenum is as an alloying element for Tool Steels and High Strength Low Alloy steels, along with Stainless Steels for increasing anti-corrosive properties.

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The element symbol for the refractory metal molybdenum

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Properties of Molybdenum

Molybdenum is a lustrous, silvery metal with a melting point of 2620°C (4748°F) and a boiling point of 5560°C (10,040°F).  Molybdenum has high strength and stiffness and resists softening at increasing temperature, thus making molybdenum one of the highest performing metals in refractory conditions. These peak properties are enhanced by excellent thermal conductivity and a low degree of thermal expansion.

Molybdenum’s Applications and Manufacturing

Molybdenum is a versatile material that is routinely utilized in a wide number of markets. This dynamic range of performance is assisted by the material’s workability. Components manufactured from pure molybdenum and its alloys can be engineered via a range of techniques, including:

  • Additive manufacturing
  • Powder Metallurgy
  • Arc Melting
  • Extrusion
  • Hot and cold rolling
  • Stamping & Deep Drawing
  • Machining & Fabrication

These techniques are broadly utilized to manufacture plates & tubes to produce ultrathin molybdenum coatings, heat sinks, crucibles, furnace linings, and refractory electrodes. H.C. Starck Solutions produces molybdenum metal powders and semi-finished products of the highest quality. If you would like to learn more, contact the team today.