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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)
CAS 7440-05-3
Mohs Hardness 4.8
Melting Point 1554
Density 12.02
Molecular Weight atomic wt = 106.4
Boiling Point 3167

Hazards and Safety

Noncombustible except as dust.

Fisher Scientific: MSDS

Additional Information

Web Elements: Website

Sources Checked for Data in Record

  • G.S.Brady, Materials Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1971 Comment: p. 571
  • Ralph Mayer, A Dictionary of Art Terms and Techniques, Harper and Row Publishers, New York, 1969 (also 1945 printing)
  • Chemical & Engineering News, American Chemical Society, Washington DC, 81 (36) , Sept. 8, 2003 Comment: Larry Overman, p. 116

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