Number of Energy Levels: 5
Electrons on the outer energy level: 0
Atomic number: 46
Atomic Mass: 106.42 Amu (Atomic Mass Units)
Density: 12.02 g/cm3
Classification: Transition Metal
Palladium was discovered in 1803 by William Wollaston. Palladium’s name derives from the Greek word "pallas" which is the Greek goddess of wisdom and the name of an asteroid. Palladium’s melting point is at 1552.0 °C (1825.15 K, 2825.6 °F) and its boiling point is at 2927.0 °C (3200.15 K, 5300.6 °F).
Top 9 interesting facts about Palladium
Palladium is a rare and lustrous silvery-white metal.
Palladium is part of the platinum group metals.
Palladium is the least dense and has the lowest melting point among the other metals of the platinum group.
It is mainly use in catalytic converters in automobiles industry converting harmful auto exhaust gases into less harmful chemicals.
Palladium is also used in fuel cells, electronics, medicine, different chemical applications, jewelry, and ground water treatment.
Palladium is mainly produced in South Africa, the USA, Canada, and Russia.
Important quantities of palladium are also obtained from recycling scrapped catalytic converters.
There are six stable isotopes of palladium occurring naturally but the most stable is 107-Pd.
Palladium doesn’t react with the oxygen at normal temperature but heated at 800 centigrade it will produce a layer of palladium oxide.