Origin of hafniumModL: so named (1923) by D. Coster (1889-1950), Dutch chemist, and G. C. de Hevesy (c. 1889-1966), Hungarian chemist, after Hafnia, Latinized name of Danish København, Copenhagen (where it was discovered) + -ium
Origin of hafniumAfter Hafnia, Medieval Latin name for Copenhagen, Denmark.
- A metallic chemical element (symbol Hf) with an atomic number of 72.
hafnium - Computer Definition
A chemical element that resembles zirconium. It is used to absorb neutrons in nuclear power generation, as an alloy with tungsten for filaments and electrodes and as an insulator in transistors. For example, by reducing energy leakage in the transistor's dielectric region, hafnium enabled Intel to produce 45 nm microprocessors in 2007 (see High-K/Metal Gate).