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  • Are you a UK student aged 11–16? Would you like the chance to win £100 (plus £500 for your school) by exploring copper’s essential role in our present and future? Read on!
    The Uncover Copper Competition 2018
    Are you a UK student aged 11–16? Would you like the chance to win £100 (plus £500 for your school) by exploring copper’s essential role in our present and future? Read on!
  • The 2016 Copper Education Competition: Curious About Copper results have been announced. Find out about the winners and their winning posters here!
    Copper Development Association 2016 Poster Competition
    The 2016 Copper Education Competition: Curious About Copper results have been announced. Find out about the winners and their winning posters here!
  • Two kindergartens in Athens are leading a movement to replace frequently-touched surfaces in schools with equivalents made from copper alloys that will continuously kill germs, helping reduce the spread of infection between children and staff.
    Copper news from Athens
    Two kindergartens in Athens are leading a movement to replace frequently-touched surfaces in schools with equivalents made from copper alloys that will continuously kill germs, helping reduce the spread of infection between children and staff.
  • This resource explores how generators produce electricity, and how electricity is subsequently distributed. It considers the principle of electromagnetic induction and how this applies to generators and transformers.
    Copper and electricity: generation, transformers and the grid
    This resource explores how generators produce electricity, and how electricity is subsequently distributed. It considers the principle of electromagnetic induction and how this applies to generators and transformers.
  • Copper is low on the reactivity scale but reacts slowly in the atmosphere to develop an attractive pale green patina. It also reacts with ferric chloride solution and copper chloride which make copper etching possible.
    Reactivity of copper: etching and patination
    Copper is low on the reactivity scale but reacts slowly in the atmosphere to develop an attractive pale green patina. It also reacts with ferric chloride solution and copper chloride which make copper etching possible.
  • This resource looks at the antimicrobial properties of copper and how these are being harnessed to help prevent the transmission of the pathogens that cause healthcare-associated infections in hospitals.
    Copper, pathogens and disease
    This resource looks at the antimicrobial properties of copper and how these are being harnessed to help prevent the transmission of the pathogens that cause healthcare-associated infections in hospitals.
  • This resource explores the long-term availability of copper in terms of known reserves, copper production and recycling.
    Long-term availability of copper
    This resource explores the long-term availability of copper in terms of known reserves, copper production and recycling.
  • Copper is a vital metal in making wind power possible. Copper provides the conductivity, corrosion resistance, strength and flexibility to meet all the demands of harsh conditions, where servicing and repair are very expensive.
    Copper in wind power
    Copper is a vital metal in making wind power possible. Copper provides the conductivity, corrosion resistance, strength and flexibility to meet all the demands of harsh conditions, where servicing and repair are very expensive.
  •   Copper is essential to modern living. Brass (an alloy of copper and zinc) is also important. There are many uses of copper and brass in the home. This resourcse supports pupils to explore uses of copper in the home interactively.
    Copper in the Home
    Copper is essential to modern living. Brass (an alloy of copper and zinc) is also important. There are many uses of copper and brass in the home. This resourcse supports pupils to explore uses of copper in the home interactively.
  • Copper has made vital contributions to sustaining and improving society since the dawn of civilisation, from the most basic tools of the Copper Age almost 10,000 years ago, through to the Large Hadron Collider, as can be seen in the timeline poster above. This resource describes some of the uses of copper throughout history.
    Copper in History
    Copper has made vital contributions to sustaining and improving society since the dawn of civilisation, from the most basic tools of the Copper Age almost 10,000 years ago, through to the Large Hadron Collider, as can be seen in the timeline poster above. This resource describes some of the uses of copper throughout history.
  • The history of alloys goes back thousands of years. Long before electricity was invented, ancient man discovered that copper alloyed with tin made the very first useful alloy, bronze. Bronze is much harder and stronger than copper and much tougher (less brittle) than flint or stone. This resource introduces the idea of alloys for pupils and the multitude of copper alloys which exist.
    Copper Alloys: Introduction
    The history of alloys goes back thousands of years. Long before electricity was invented, ancient man discovered that copper alloyed with tin made the very first useful alloy, bronze. Bronze is much harder and stronger than copper and much tougher (less brittle) than flint or stone. This resource introduces the idea of alloys for pupils and the multitude of copper alloys which exist.
  • This new resource form the Copper Development Association explores ways in which electric motors can be made more efficient and factors that affect their efficiency.
    Copper and Electricity: Efficient Motors
    This new resource form the Copper Development Association explores ways in which electric motors can be made more efficient and factors that affect their efficiency.
  • This introductory resource from the Copper Development Association starts to explore copper's electrical and thermal conductivity.
    Bulk Properties of Copper: An Introduction
    This introductory resource from the Copper Development Association starts to explore copper's electrical and thermal conductivity.
  • This resource explores density, resistivity and electrical conductivity in the context of copper.
    Bulk Properties of Copper: Density and Resistivity
    This resource explores density, resistivity and electrical conductivity in the context of copper.
  • Aquaculture is a $100 billion global industry that supplies almost half the world's demand for fish and is the fastest growing animal-food producing sector worldwide. Copper alloys inherently resist biofouling, without any special treatments or additions.
    Copper Alloys in Aquaculture
    Aquaculture is a $100 billion global industry that supplies almost half the world's demand for fish and is the fastest growing animal-food producing sector worldwide. Copper alloys inherently resist biofouling, without any special treatments or additions.
  • Copper alloys have been used in sculpture for thousands of years. These include bronzes, brass and gunmetal. This resource looks at the processes involve in modern bronze sculpture.
    Copper Alloys in Sculpture
    Copper alloys have been used in sculpture for thousands of years. These include bronzes, brass and gunmetal. This resource looks at the processes involve in modern bronze sculpture.
  • Explore how copper alloys are used in musical instruments from brass tubas to cymbals and bells.
    Copper Alloys in Music
    Explore how copper alloys are used in musical instruments from brass tubas to cymbals and bells.
  • This document from the Copper Development Association gives a really useful overview of the versatility of copper and its alloys. It is an excellent starting point for exploring other resources from the Association
    Copper: Properties and Applications
    This document from the Copper Development Association gives a really useful overview of the versatility of copper and its alloys. It is an excellent starting point for exploring other resources from the Association
  • The corrosion resistance of copper and its alloys means that coins and tokens are found which date back hundreds and sometimes thousands of years. Archaeologists use coins to help date excavation sites. The copper alloys used for coins can retain information such as names and dates, even after being buried in the soil for generations.
    Copper Alloys in Coinage
    The corrosion resistance of copper and its alloys means that coins and tokens are found which date back hundreds and sometimes thousands of years. Archaeologists use coins to help date excavation sites. The copper alloys used for coins can retain information such as names and dates, even after being buried in the soil for generations.
  • The very popular Copper Development Association resources have now been expanded and updated. They are now available to download as Zip folders of interactive PDF files.
    Copper Development Association Resources
    The very popular Copper Development Association resources have now been expanded and updated. They are now available to download as Zip folders of interactive PDF files.
  • The chemical and physical properties of copper.
    Copper - properties and uses
    The chemical and physical properties of copper.
  • 		Copper is one of a few elements that are essential for life. It is a part of a number of biological molecules. For example, some enzymes that are involved in respiration contain copper.  Copper is both good and bad for living things. At very low concentrations, it is useful. But when the concentration increases, it becomes toxic and interferes with cell metabolism.
    Copper for Life
    Copper is one of a few elements that are essential for life. It is a part of a number of biological molecules. For example, some enzymes that are involved in respiration contain copper. Copper is both good and bad for living things. At very low concentrations, it is useful. But when the concentration increases, it becomes toxic and interferes with cell metabolism.
  • A basic introduction to the DC motor
    Copper - Electric Motor
    A basic introduction to the DC motor
  • Copper coils create the magnetic field in electromagnets
    Copper and Electromagnets
    Copper coils create the magnetic field in electromagnets
  • A cartoon story showing the surprising impact of copper in our everyday lives.
    Copper - The Friendly Metal
    A cartoon story showing the surprising impact of copper in our everyday lives.
  • A detailed study of the role of copper in electrical motors, transformers, transmission through the grid. Resistance, resistivity and drift velocity are covered in detail.
    Copper and Electricity
    A detailed study of the role of copper in electrical motors, transformers, transmission through the grid. Resistance, resistivity and drift velocity are covered in detail.
  • Copper Extraction
    An introduction to the extraction, purification and recycling of copper.
  • Copper for Life
    Looking at the biological side of copper as a micronutrient and anti-bacterial agent.
  • A detailed study of the importance of copper as a trace element in our diet, with interactive graphics showing how it is involved in our physiology.
    Copper in Health
    A detailed study of the importance of copper as a trace element in our diet, with interactive graphics showing how it is involved in our physiology.
  • A guide to the mechanics, chemistry and electrochemistry of commercial copper extraction.
    Copper Mining
    A guide to the mechanics, chemistry and electrochemistry of commercial copper extraction.
  • Copper is one of the most recyclable metals. This e-source looks at the science and environmental benefits behind recycling.
    Copper Recycling and Sustainability
    Copper is one of the most recyclable metals. This e-source looks at the science and environmental benefits behind recycling.
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