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Palladium (Pd): Fun Facts and Information About the Element

What is the symbol? Pd
What is the atomic number? 46
What is the atomic weight? 106.42
What is the melting point in Celsius? 1552
What is the boiling point in Celsius? 2927
What is the density (g/cm3)? 12.02
What year was it discovered? 1803
Who discovered the element? William Hyde Wollaston
What group is the element in? 10
What is the electron configuration? [Kr] 4d10
What is the ionization energy? 8.3369
What element category is it in? Transition Elements

Where is Palladium Found?

Discovered in 1803 by Wollaston, Palladium is found with platinum and other metals of the platinum group in placer deposits of Russia, South AmericaNorth AmericaEthiopia, and Australia. It is also found associated with the nickel-copper deposits of South Africa and Ontario.

What is Palladium Used For?

Finely divided palladium is a good catalyst and is used for hydrogenation and dehydrogenation reactions. It is alloyed and used in jewelry trades. The metal is used in dentistry, watch making, and in making surgical instruments and electrical contacts.