• Name: Aluminum

  • Symbol: Al

  • Number of Energy Levels: 3

  • Electrons on the outer energy level: 3

  • Atomic Number: 13

  • Atomic Mass: 26.981539 Amu

  • Protons / Electrons: 13

  • Neutrons: 14

  • Density: 2.702 g/cm3

  • Classification: Other Metals

Top 21 interesting facts about Aluminum

  • Aluminum, also known as aluminium, was discovered by Hans Christian Oersted in 1825.
  • Aluminum's name comes from the Latin word "alumen".
  • Aluminum is mainly obtained from bauxite.
  • Aluminum is the most abundant metal and the third abundant element in the Earth crust.
  • Aluminum is silver and soft.
  • Aluminum is very reactive so it can be found naturally only in minerals, mainly in bauxite.
  • Aluminum has a very low density, making it a very light metal, and it is very resistant to corrosion.
  • Aluminum has a huge role in aerospace and transportation industries.
  • Aluminum is a great structural material due to its light weight and strength (in aluminum alloys).
  • Although it is a metal, Aluminum is nonmagnetic.
  • Aluminum is a good thermal and electrical conductor.
  • Aluminum is a very corrosion resistant metal due to the fact that it forms a thin layer of oxide when it is expose to air preventing further corrosion.
  • Aluminum has many isotopes but only two of them occur naturally; 27Al and 26Al.
  • Aluminum is created in large stars or supernovae by the fusion of Hydrogen and Magnesium.
  • Aluminum can be recycled without any lose of its original properties.
  • Aluminum is almost always used as an alloy in combination with other metals (copper, zinc, magnesium etc).
  • The main use of Aluminum is in the following areas: aerospace, transportation, packaging, construction, cooking utensils, lighting poles, consumer electronics, pyrotechnics etc.
  • Aluminum is a nontoxic metal.
  • After iron, aluminum is the second most used metal.
  • Aluminum production requires a great amount of energy making recycling aluminum a cheap process because it requires only 5% of the amount of energy otherwise required.
  • Aluminum melting point is at 660.37 0C (933.52 K, 1220.666 0F) and boiling point at 2467.0 0C (2740.15 K, 4472.6 0F).