Nine videos featuring international experts talking about various aspects of molybdenum’s role in the world today, including its essentiality for life and everyday applications, have been launched by IMOA.

The videos are claimed to raise awareness of molybdenum’s vast range of uses in today’s world and cover different topics.

According to IMOA, the videos are 'an excellent resource, not only for industry experts and those in areas such as architecture and automotive industries but for science, design and technology teachers as well as students of architecture, materials science and automotive design'.

The videos feature three experts: Catherine Houska, metallurgical engineer and materials scientist, who talks about molybdenum’s widespread use in architecture, building and construction and explains why molybdenum-containing stainless steel is routinely selected as the material of choice.

Catherine also covers the contribution of stainless steel to sustainability and why molybdenum-containing stainless steel was chosen for some of the world’s most iconic buildings, including the One World Trade Centre in New York, One Canary Wharf in London and Jin Mao in Shanghai.

The videos also feature Hardy Mohrbacher, specialist in materials and mechanical engineering, who discusses molybdenum’s applications in industrial products, such as gear steels, and its use in pipeline steel.

Lastly, Dr Philip Mitchell, Emeritus reader in chemistry at the University of Reading and Leverhulme Emeritus Fellow, talks about molybdenum’s presence in the natural world, its essentiality and its role in the biology of living things.

Tim Outteridge, IMOA's secretary-general, said that Molybdenum's contribution is not always well known. "Yet as well as being essential for life, its unique properties support many varied applications that we have come to depend upon in today’s world,” he said, adding that the educational videos look at some of the most important functions and applications of molybdenum and explain the difference that a small amount of it often makes.