White (most toxic form), red or black phosphorus can
come in different colours and densities in its solid state. It is essential for
humans because it is found in DNA, ATP or cell wall molecules: phosphorus is a carrier of energy.
In addition to its vital characteristics for humans, phosphorus is one of the
main contributors to phosphorescence.
- Manufacture of detergents
- Toothpaste polishing agent
- Manufacture of matches