A silvery-white, metallic element. Palladium occurs in trace amounts in gold, nickel, platinum, and copper ores. Palladium was isolated in 1803 by an English chemist named William Hyde Wollaston. It is mined in Siberia, the Ural Mountains, Ontario, and South Africa. Palladium is soft, ductile, and malleable. It is resistant to tarnishing and unaffected by acids and pollutants. Palladium is alloyed with gold to form white gold. It is used for electrical contacts, jewelry, dental crowns, and surgical instruments.
Synonyms and Related Terms
Pd; palladium (Fr.); palladio (It.); Paládio (Port.); paladio (Esp.); Palladium (Deut.); palladium (Ned.); paládio (Port.)
|Composition||Pd (atomic no. 46)|
|Molecular Weight||atomic wt = 106.4|
Hazards and Safety
Noncombustible except as dust.
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