Facts about Platinum
Facts about Platinum - Element included on the Periodic Table
Facts about the Definition of the Element Platinum
The Element Platinum is defined as...
A silver-white metallic element occurring worldwide, usually mixed with other metals such as iridium, osmium, or nickel. It is ductile and malleable, does not oxidize in air, and is used as a catalyst and in electrical components, jewelry, dentistry, and electroplating.
Interesting Facts about the Origin and Meaning of the element name Platinum
What are the origins of the word Platinum ?
The name originates from the Spanish word platina meaning 'little silver'.
Facts about the Classification of the Element Platinum
Platinum is classified as a "Transition Metal" which are located in Groups 3 - 12 of the Periodic Table. An Element classified as a Transition Metals is ductile, malleable, and able to conduct electricity and heat.
Brief Facts about the Discovery and History of the Element Platinum
Platinum was discovered by astronomers Antonio de Ulloa and Don Jorge Juan y Santacilia in 1735. However the first European reference to platinum appears in 1557 in the writings of the Italian humanist Julius Caesar Scaliger (1484-1558). Charles Wood independently isolated the element in 1741. The alchemical symbol for platinum was made by joining the symbols of silver and gold
Occurrence of the element Platinum in the Atmosphere
Obtained from platinum ores
Found in a native state and the ore sperrylite
Considered more precious than gold
Common Uses of Platinum
Used in catalytic converters for automobiles
Coating missile nose cones
Jet engine fuel nozzles
Medical treatments of cancer
The Properties of the Element Platinum
Name of Element : Platinum
Symbol of Element : Pt
Atomic Number of Platinum : 78
Atomic Mass: 195.078 amu
Melting Point: 1772.0 °C - 2045.15 °K
Boiling Point: 3827.0 °C - 4100.15 °K
Number of Protons/Electrons in Platinum : 78
Number of Neutrons in Platinum : 117
Crystal Structure: Cubic
Density @ 293 K: 21.45 g/cm3
Color of Platinum : silver-white
The element Platinum and the Periodic Table
Find out more facts about Platinum on the Periodic Table which arranges every chemical element according to its atomic number, as based on the periodic law, so that chemical elements with similar properties are in the same column. Our Periodic Table is simple to use - just click on the symbol for Platinum for additional facts and info and for an instant comparison of the Atomic Weight, Melting Point, Boiling Point and Mass - G/cc of Platinum with any other element. An invaluable source for more interesting facts and information about the Platinum element and as a Chemistry reference guide.
Facts and Info about the element Platinum - IUPAC and the Modern Standardised Periodic Table
The Standardised Periodic Table in use today was agreed by the International Union of Pure Applied Chemistry, IUPAC, in 1985 which includes the Platinum element. The famous Russian Scientist, Dimitri Mendeleev, perceived the correct classification method of "the periodic table" for the 65 elements which were known in his time. Platinum was discovered by astronomers Antonio de Ulloa and Don Jorge Juan y Santacilia in 1735. The Standardised Periodic Table now recognises more periods and elements than Dimitri Mendeleev knew in his day but still all fitting into his concept of the "Periodic Table" in which Platinum is just one element that can be found.
Facts and Info about the Element Platinum
Information Facts about the Platinum Element