Osmium (from Greek osme (ὀσμή) meaning “smell”) is a chemical element with symbol Os and atomic number 76. It is a hard, brittle, bluish-white transition metal in the platinum group that is found as a trace element in alloys, mostly in platinum, nickel and copper ores. Osmium is the densest naturally occurring element.
Osmium is a critical element that is used to treat cancers in the form of the drug cisplatin. Most famously, the cyclist Lance Armstrong was treated with cisplatin for testicular cancer.
Osmium Physical Properties
|Melting point||3306 K (3033 °C, 5491 °F)|
|Boiling point||5285 K (5012 °C, 9054 °F)|
|Density near r.t.||22.59 g/cm3|
|when liquid, at m.p.||20 g/cm3|
|Heat of fusion||31 kJ/mol|
|Heat of vaporization||378 kJ/mol|
|Molar heat capacity||24.7 J/(mol·K)|
Osmium, with its special chemical properties, offers a new potential solution to an unmet clinical need. It has shown huge promise in treating several different types of cancer cell, including ovarian and colon cancers which have been developed and tested in the laboratory. The metal also has another advantage in that it is a much cheaper alternative to platinum.
Osmium is the rarest of all strategic metals with a world wide annual production of One Ton. Almost 95% of world production is limited to South Africa, Russia and Zimbabwe. The top Osmium reserve holders are South Africa, Russia and the United States. A total of 30% of the annual production demand is met by recycling.
Schweizerische Metallhandels Panama S.A. (SMHPA) has after several years of contacting various metal traders acquired access to a very limited amount of Osmium on a monthly basis to offer our clients. There will be a minimum amount of 2 KG per client with a 5-year storage agreement required.
Due to the limited availability of this rarest of strategic metals we highly recommend to our current and new clients to take advantage of this special buying opportunity. Rare Strategic metals pricing is strictly controlled by annual production and industry demand, therefore with only one ton of Osmium produced per year the value in the coming years can only rise.