Symbol: Sb

Atomic Number: 51

Atomic Weight: 121.760

Antimony (Sb, atomic number 51) is a toxic chemical element. It is classed among the group of metalloids. Metalloids are elements that are neither purely metal nor non-metal. Other metalloids include boron, silicon, germanium, arsenic, and tellurium. The status of polonium is disputed, although this element is often classed among the metalloids as well.

The use of antimony is limited owing to its excessive toxic properties. The compounds of this element, however, have proven of great use in terms of chemical developments. They serve to reduce the flammability of fuels and postpone combustion, which is why they are important fire...Read More