Origin / Meaning of the name Osmium
The name originates from the Greek word 'osme' meaning odor because of the sharp odor of the volatile oxide.
Periodic Table Group and Classification of the of the Osmium Element
Elements can be classified based on their physical states (States of Matter) e.g. gas, solid or liquid. This element is a solid. Osmium is classified as a "Transition Metal" which are located in Groups 3 - 12 of the Periodic Table. Elements classified as Transition Metals are generally described as ductile, malleable, and able to conduct electricity and heat.Nearly 75% of all the elements in the Periodic Table are classified as metals which are detailed in the List of Metals.
Facts about the History and the Discovery of the Osmium Element
Osmium was discovered by Smithson Tenant in 1803 London, England
History of the Periodic Table
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Occurrence of the Osmium Element
Obtained from ores that contain platinum
Heaviest known element
Found in North and South America and Canada
Abundances of the element in different environments
% in Universe 3×10-7%
% in Sun 2×10-7%
% in Meteorites 0.000066%
% in Earth's Crust 1.8×10-7%
% in Oceans N/A
% in Humans N/A
Associated Uses of Osmium
Alloyed with other metals
Fountain pen points
Osmium tetroxide - tetraoxide