Moissan furnace, 19th century

Moissan furnace, 19th century

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Caption: Moissan furnace. Historical illustration of the electric arc furnace developed by French chemist Henri Moissan (1852-1907). The furnace achieved temperatures of 3500 degrees Celsius and produced tiny artificial diamonds. These conditions also allowed Moissan to use it to prepare many new compounds, including carborundum (1891), and to vaporise materials with high melting and boiling points. Moissan was awarded the 1906 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work on fluorine and electric arc furnaces. Artwork from 'Electricite' (1911) by Max de Nansouty, part of the 'Les merveilles de la science' series of 1867-1891 by Louis Figuier.

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