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Chemistry | Theory Comics




Dr. Zachary Via Ph.D

Metal is a big part of The Ferrokin. In fact, metal poisoning specifically is mentioned in part one of the origin series. When Mercury is heated, it gives off toxic fumes. The most common form of treatment is chelation therapy (which is what the doctors in this scene are testing). The experiment depicted in the book is created solely for the story.   (Chelation Therapy, 2015)


There are more side effects of metal poisoning that can be listed. But the most common are mental disorders, nerve damage, extreme sickness, burns on the skin, and even skin discoloration depending on the metal and toxicity level. (Metallosis After, 2015)


Metals in the alkali group react violently in water, so in other words, they explode. Some even with a strong enough reaction to destroy small buildings depending on the amount of metal and water present. And, as in the dialogue, when alkali metals react to water they give off a smell similar to ammonia. (The Alkali Metals, 2015)


This video by ironnica shows the characteristics of alkali metals. At the end of the video it shows how these metals react in water:




Alkali metals burn at different colors. Lithium burns light red, sodium burns yellow, potassium burns violet, rubidium burns dark red, and cesium burns blue. (Alkali Metals, 2002)

Methane has no smell and is invisible to the naked eye making it difficult to detect. (Methane, 2017)

Hydrofluoric acid can exist as a colorless gas, a fuming liquid, or can be dissolved in water. It can quickly eat through skin, glass, and metal. Just breathing it can cause damage, swelling, and fluids to accumulate in the lungs. (Facts about Hydrogen Fluoride, 2013)

Fluoroantimonic Acid (superacid) is the world’s strongest acid. It is 20 quintillion times stronger than 100% sulfuric acid. It rapidly eats through skin and metal, and reacts explosively with water. It can only be mixed in a solution of hydrofluoric acid and only stored in Teflon containers (polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE)). (Helmenstine, 2017)


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