Taken from the Greek name technetos, meaning "artificial", technetium was the first synthetically produced element. In 1937, technetium was produced by bombarding deuterons with molybdenum in a cyclotron. Later it was found among the fission products of uranium.

Technetium is a corrosion-resistant metal. It is silvery-grey and look much like platinum. Chemically it is a cross between rhenium and manganese. These elements belong to the same group on the periodic table and it is quite common that an element will resemble its group members. Technetium also has superconducting properties.

Industrial applications of technetium include: