Indium is often used as indium tin oxide to make transparent conductors for touch screens. It is flexible and has a low melting point. Its name comes from the indgo-blue spectral line.
Cadmium compounds were formerly used as yellow pigments. Nowadays it is considered as very toxic and an environmental pollutant emitted by many industiral processes.
Name giver is Kádmos from the Greek mythology, founder of Thebes, who killed a dragon.
This metal belongs to the rare earth elements as well as to the group of lanthanides. Named after the continent it can be found on Euro banknotes. Its fluorescent properties are used to make them forgery-proof.
Bismuth is the heaviest (almost) stable element –with only a very small radioactivity. It has the highest diamagnetic property, which means that it gets repelled by magnets.
There are several possible explanation for its name.
Bis the monster likes to hang out with Mang Gang. Together they take care of the „heavy work“.
Aluminium is a light, soft metal. It serves many purposes, from packaging to airplanes. It is very easy to recycle, too.
Alu is the sporting ace among the Elemonsters. It is always on the run and busy doing something.
Of all metals Tungsten (also known as wolfram) has the highest melting point. Therefore it is used in light bulbs.
The name "tungsten" comes from the Swedish tung sten meaning "heavy stone".
Gallium is a metal that melts at body temperature. There used to be teaspoons made of gallium as novelty items to scare granmas at tea time. Its name is derived from the word Gallus – latin for rooster, the symbol for France, since it was discovered there.
Gallius is an amphibious moster that dwells on land as well as in water. Don’t overheat his slow temper or he will boil over.
Tin was discovered in ancient times. As bronze – an alloy with copper - it gave a whole period its name. Below 13°C tin starts to crumble - a phenomenon called "tin pest". When bent it makes a distinguished sound: the tin cry.
Stannus the monster is the guard of the king's palace. He is unable to talk with a normal voice and screams permanently. Therefore he also serves as the herald of the court and announces the king's newest laws and resolutions. Unfortunately he is very sensitive to low temperatures and thus easily catches the cold and suffers from rheumatism.