We need phosphorus for life, as well as for fertiliser to help plants grow, but raw supplies are limited.
From heavy metal to lighter than air gas, these elements and others from the Periodic Table are transformed into artworks that go on display from today.
Gold is one of 12 confirmed elements on the periodic table whose discoverer is unknown.
On its own it's just tin. But mix it with other elements and it turns into a material that helped shape the ancient world.
Hydrogen is the first element in the periodic table and essential for life on Earth. It may also be key to shifting away from fossil fuels toward clean sources of energy, but challenges remain.