|Origin of Name
||From the Greek words oxus, meaning acid and gennan, meaning to generate
|Date of Discovery
||In 1772 in Sweden by Scheele,
in 1774 in London, England by Priestly and
in 1778 in France by Lavoisier
Scheele and Joseph Priestly
Antoine-Laurent de Lavoisier
See The Discovery of Oxygen
- It is the third most abundant chemical element in the universe after hydrogen and helium.
- It is the most common component of the earth's crust at 49%.
- It is one of the two major components of air.
- It is produced by plants during photosynthesis.
- It is necessary for animals to breathe.
- Rocket propulsion
- Oxygen sensors
- Oxygen masks
- Oxygen concentrators
- Steel production
- Used in many synthetic chemicals (ammonia and alcohols) and plastics