Titanium is light, strong and corrosion resistant, and widely used in aircraft, bike frames, golf clubs and spectacle frames.
It is used to repair broken limbs as it is able to be integrated into the bone, says Professor Allan Blackman from the Auckland University of Technology, speaking from personal experience, in episode 88 of Elemental.
The Elemental podcast is celebrating 150 years since the periodic table was first published by Russian chemist Dmitri Mendeleev.
Find out more about events during the United Nation’s International Year of the Periodic Table.
Professor Allan Blackman is at Auckland University of Technology.