• Name: Palladium

  • Symbol: Pd

  • Number of Energy Levels: 5

  • Electrons on the outer energy level: 0

  • Atomic Number: 46

  • Atomic Mass: 106.42 Amu

  • Protons / Electrons: 46

  • Neutrons: 60

  • Density: 12.02 g/cm3

  • Classification: Transition Metal

Top 11 interesting facts about Palladium

  • 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).
  • 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.