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Palladium is a chemical element with the symbol Pd and atomic number 46. It is a rare silvery-white metal resembling platinum and is sometimes plated below Ruthenium on reed blades to add contact thickness for close differential characteristics.

Palladium (Wikipedia)
Palladium,  46Pd
Palladium (46 Pd).jpg
Pronunciation/pəˈldiəm/ (pə-LAY-dee-əm)
Appearancesilvery white
Standard atomic weight Ar, std(Pd)106.42(1)
Palladium in the periodic table
Hydrogen Helium
Lithium Beryllium Boron Carbon Nitrogen Oxygen Fluorine Neon
Sodium Magnesium Aluminium Silicon Phosphorus Sulfur Chlorine Argon
Potassium Calcium Scandium Titanium Vanadium Chromium Manganese Iron Cobalt Nickel Copper Zinc Gallium Germanium Arsenic Selenium Bromine Krypton
Rubidium Strontium Yttrium Zirconium Niobium Molybdenum Technetium Ruthenium Rhodium Palladium Silver Cadmium Indium Tin Antimony Tellurium Iodine Xenon
Caesium Barium Lanthanum Cerium Praseodymium Neodymium Promethium Samarium Europium Gadolinium Terbium Dysprosium Holmium Erbium Thulium Ytterbium Lutetium Hafnium Tantalum Tungsten Rhenium Osmium Iridium Platinum Gold Mercury (element) Thallium Lead Bismuth Polonium Astatine Radon
Francium Radium Actinium Thorium Protactinium Uranium Neptunium Plutonium Americium Curium Berkelium Californium Einsteinium Fermium Mendelevium Nobelium Lawrencium Rutherfordium Dubnium Seaborgium Bohrium Hassium Meitnerium Darmstadtium Roentgenium Copernicium Nihonium Flerovium Moscovium Livermorium Tennessine Oganesson


Atomic number (Z)46
Groupgroup 10
Periodperiod 5
Element category  transition metal
Electron configuration[Kr] 4d10
Electrons per shell
2, 8, 18, 18
Physical properties
Phase at STPsolid
Melting point1828.05 K ​(1554.9 °C, ​2830.82 °F)
Boiling point3236 K ​(2963 °C, ​5365 °F)
Density (near r.t.)12.023 g/cm3
when liquid (at m.p.)10.38 g/cm3
Heat of fusion16.74 kJ/mol
Heat of vaporization358 kJ/mol
Molar heat capacity25.98 J/(mol·K)
Vapor pressure
P (Pa) 1 10 100 1 k 10 k 100 k
at T (K) 1721 1897 2117 2395 2753 3234
Atomic properties
Oxidation states0, +1, +2, +3, +4 (a mildly basic oxide)
ElectronegativityPauling scale: 2.20
Ionization energies
  • 1st: 804.4 kJ/mol
  • 2nd: 1870 kJ/mol
  • 3rd: 3177 kJ/mol
Atomic radiusempirical: 137 pm
Covalent radius139±6 pm
Van der Waals radius163 pm
Color lines in a spectral range
Spectral lines of palladium
Other properties
Natural occurrenceprimordial
Crystal structureface-centered cubic (fcc)
Face-centered cubic crystal structure for palladium
Speed of sound thin rod3070 m/s (at 20 °C)
Thermal expansion11.8 µm/(m·K) (at 25 °C)
Thermal conductivity71.8 W/(m·K)
Electrical resistivity105.4 nΩ·m (at 20 °C)
Magnetic orderingparamagnetic
Magnetic susceptibility+567.4·10−6 cm3/mol (288 K)
Young's modulus121 GPa
Shear modulus44 GPa
Bulk modulus180 GPa
Poisson ratio0.39
Mohs hardness4.75
Vickers hardness400–600 MPa
Brinell hardness320–610 MPa
CAS Number7440-05-3
Namingafter asteroid Pallas, itself named after Pallas Athena
Discovery and first isolationWilliam Hyde Wollaston (1802)
Main isotopes of palladium
Iso­tope Abun­dance Half-life (t1/2) Decay mode Pro­duct
100Pd syn 3.63 d ε 100Rh
102Pd 1.02% stable
103Pd syn 16.991 d ε 103Rh
104Pd 11.14% stable
105Pd 22.33% stable
106Pd 27.33% stable
107Pd trace 6.5×106 y β 107Ag
108Pd 26.46% stable
110Pd 11.72% stable
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Palladium is a chemical element with symbol Pd and atomic number 46. It is a rare and lustrous silvery-white metal discovered in 1803 by William Hyde Wollaston. He named it after the asteroid Pallas, which was itself named after the epithet of the Greek goddess Athena, acquired by her when she slew Pallas. Palladium, platinum, rhodium, ruthenium, iridium and osmium form a group of elements referred to as the platinum group metals (PGMs). These have similar chemical properties, but palladium has the lowest melting point and is the least dense of them.

More than half the supply of palladium and its congener platinum is used in catalytic converters, which convert as much as 90% of the harmful gases in automobile exhaust (hydrocarbons, carbon monoxide, and nitrogen dioxide) into less noxious substances (nitrogen, carbon dioxide and water vapor). Palladium is also used in electronics, dentistry, medicine, hydrogen purification, chemical applications, groundwater treatment, and jewelry. Palladium is a key component of fuel cells, which react hydrogen with oxygen to produce electricity, heat, and water.

Ore deposits of palladium and other PGMs are rare. The most extensive deposits have been found in the norite belt of the Bushveld Igneous Complex covering the Transvaal Basin in South Africa; the Stillwater Complex in Montana, United States; the Sudbury Basin and Thunder Bay District of Ontario, Canada; and the Norilsk Complex in Russia. Recycling is also a source, mostly from scrapped catalytic converters. The numerous applications and limited supply sources result in considerable investment interest.

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