This means that, for instance, a steel with 0. An English chemist, Joseph Priestleyindependently discovered oxygen in by the thermal decomposition of mercuric oxide and published his findings the same year, three years before Scheele published. The proportion of oxygen by volume in the atmosphere is 21 percent and by weight in seawater is 89 percent.
Chemistry in its element: End promo Chris Smith Hello! And welcome to Chemistry in its element, where we take a look at the stories behind the elements that make up the world around us. This week, we are continuing our tour of the periodic table with a lung full of a gas that we can't do without.
It protects us from solar radiation, it keeps us alive and by helping things to burn, it also keeps us warm. It is of course oxygen. And to tell its story, here's Mark Peplow. Mark Peplow Little did those humble cyanobacteria realize what they were doing when two and a half billion years ago, they started to build up their own reserves of energy-rich chemicals, by combining water and carbon dioxide.
Powered by sunlight, they spent the next two billion years terraforming our entire planet with the waste products of their photosynthesis, a rather toxic gas called oxygen.
In fact, those industrious bugs are ultimately responsible for the diversity of life, we see around us today. Overall, it's the most abundant element on the earth's surface and the third most abundant in the universe after hydrogen and helium.
Oxygen is also in virtually every molecule in your body including fats, carbohydrates and DNA. In particular, it's the atom that links together the phosphate groups in the energy-carrying molecule ATP.
Oxygen is obviously pretty useful for keeping us going, but is also widely used in industry as an oxidant, where it can give up some of that solar energy captured by plant and those cyanobacteria.
A stream of oxygen can push the temperature of a blast furnace over degrees and it allows an oxyacetylene torch to cut straight through metal. The space shuttle is carried into space on an incredible force produced when liquid oxygen and liquid hydrogen combine to make water.
So who first noticed this ubiquitous stuff? There's certainly some debate about who first identified oxygen as an element, partly because at the time the precise definition of an element still hadn't really been pinned down.
English chemist, Joseph Priestley certainly isolated oxygen gas in the s, although he tried to define it as dephlogisticated air. Phlogiston was then thought to be some kind of primordial substance that was the root cause of combustion. Swedish chemist, Carl Wilhelm Scheele was a fan of phlogiston too and probably discovered oxygen before Priestly did.
But it was Antoine Lavoisier, sometimes called the father of modern chemistry, who was the first to truly identify oxygen as an element and in doing so, he really helped to firm up the definition that an element is something that cannot be broken down by any kind of chemical analysis.
This also helped him to kill off the phlogiston theory, which was a crucial step in the evolution of chemistry. Oxygen isn't only about the dioxygen molecules that sustain us.
There is another form, trioxygen, also known as ozone and it's also pretty important in the upper reaches of the atmosphere, is responsible for filtering out harmful ultraviolet rays, but unfortunately, ozone is also pretty toxic.
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In early chemistry, oxidation and reduction were terms associated with oxygen.
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