Origin / Meaning of the name Palladium
Named after the asteroid Pallas, named after the goddess of wisdom and arts - Pallas Athene, which was discovered two years before in 1801.
Periodic Table Group and Classification of the of the Palladium Element
Elements can be classified based on their physical states (States of Matter) e.g. gas, solid or liquid. This element is a solid. Palladium 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 Palladium Element
Palladium was discovered by William Hyde Wollaston in 1803
History of the Periodic Table
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Occurrence of the Palladium Element
Found in Canada, Australia, Africa, South and North America
Obtained from platinum, nickel, copper and Mercury ores
Abundances of the element in different environments
% in Universe 2×10-7%
% in Sun 3×10-7%
% in Meteorites 0.000066%
% in Earth's Crust 6.3×10-7%
% in Oceans N/A
% in Humans N/A
Associated Uses of Palladium
Nonmagnetic watch parts
Similar to gold, palladium can be beaten into a thin leaf form
Telecommunications switching-system equipment