Platinum-iridium is an alloy of the platinum group precious metals platinum and iridium.
Surepure Chemetals typically supplies alloy proportions of 90% platinum / 10% iridium and 80% platinum / 20% iridium. Surepure Chemetals sells platinum-iridium conforming to the ASTM B684 specification (including ASTM B 684-97).
These have the chemical stability of platinum, but increased hardness.
Due to its high density, hardness, and resistance to corrosion, platinum-iridium was used to make the international prototype kilogram and the international prototype meter.
One use for Pt/Ir alloy is fabrication of metal microelectrodes for electrical stimulation of nervous tissue and electrophysiological recordings. Pure iridium is very difficult to pull into small diameter wires, while pure platinum has a low Young's modulus which makes pure platinum wires bend easily during the insertion in nervous tissue; hence Pt/Ir alloy has an optimal combination of mechanical and electrochemical properties for this application.
Surepure Chemetals sells platinum iridium wire and platinum iridium sheet.
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