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Aluminum (Al): Fun Facts and Information About the Element

What is the symbol? Al
What is the atomic number of Aluminum? 13
What is the atomic weight? 26.9815
What is the melting point in Celsius of Aluminum? 660
What is the boiling point in Celsius of Aluminum? 2467
What is the density (g/cm3)? 2.7
What percent of the earths crust? 8.07
What year was Aluminum discovered? 1825
Who discovered the element? Hans Christian Oersted
What group is the element Aluminum in? 13
What is the electron configuration? [Ne] 3s2 3p1
What is the ionization energy? 5.9858
What element category is it in? Other Metals

Where is Aluminum Found?

The method of obtaining aluminum metal by the electrolysis of alumina dissolved in cryolite was discovered in 1886 by Hall in the U.S. and at about the same time by Heroult in France. Cryolite, a natural ore found in Greenland.

Aluminum can now be produced from clay, but the process is very expensive. Aluminum is the most abundant metal to be found in the earth’s crust (8.1%), but is never found free in nature.

What is Aluminum Used For?

It is extensively used for kitchen utensils, outside building decoration, and in thousands of industrial applications where a strong, light, easily constructed material is needed.

Although its electrical conductivity is only about 60% that of copper, it is used in electrical transmission lines because of its light weight. Pure aluminum is lacks strength, but alloyed with small amounts of copper, magnesium, silicon, manganese, or other elements impart a variety of useful properties.

These alloys are of vital importance in the construction of modern aircraft and rockets. Aluminum, evaporated in a vacuum, forms a highly reflective coating for both visible light and radiant heat. They are used to coat telescope mirrors and to make decorative paper, packages, and toys.