Note sur deux procédés de préparation de l'Aluminium et sur une nouvelle forme de silicium.

(Paris, Mallet-Bachelier), 1854. 4to. No wrappers. In: "Comptes Rendu hebdomadaires des Séances de l’Académie des Sciences", Vol. 39, No. 7. Pp. (301-) 344. (Entire issue offered). Deville's paper: pp. 321-326.

First printing of a milestone paper in chemical technology, describing the methods by which it became possible to produce aluminium in larger industrial scale. In the paper Deville describes how to create the first crystalline silicon and he perfects the electrolytic process for obtaining metallic aluminium from sodium aluminium chloride.

"Deville’s methods made both metals readily available and drastically reduced their cost, but he himself did not take much part in their later industrial development. He used the sodium obtained by his method for the preparation of such elements as silicon, boron, and titanium. His investigations of the metallurgy of platinum led to honors from the Russian government" (DSB)..

In Sparrow's "Milestones of Science" is listed Deville's larger work from 1859 "De l'aluminium. Ses propriétés, sa fabrication et sed application...", No. 173. - Parkinson "Breakthroughs" 1854 C.

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