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Ancient Roman technology of aluminum production: Process reconstruction

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Ancient sources indicate that aluminum was known at Ancient Rome. The article attempts to reconstruct the ancient technological process of production of metallic aluminum based on the currently available information about the properties of aluminum and modern production methods.

About the Authors

P. P. Fedorov
A.M. Prokhorov General Physics Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences
Russian Federation

Pavel P. Fedorov - Dr. of Sci. (Chemistry), Professor, Head of the Department.

38, Vavilova ul., Moscow, 119991

Competing Interests: no conflicts of interest

A. M. Samoylov
Voronezh State University
Russian Federation

Aleksandr M. Samoylov - Dr. of Sci. (Chemistry), Professor, Materials Science and Nanosystems Technologies Department, Faculty of Chemistry.

1, Universitetskaya pl., Voronezh, 394018

Competing Interests: no conflicts of interest


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Fedorov P.P., Samoylov A.M. Ancient Roman technology of aluminum production: Process reconstruction. Fine Chemical Technologies. 2019;14(6):31-38.

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