Facts about the History of the Discovery of Rubidium
Rubidium was discovered by
Robert Bunsen and Gustav Kirchhoff in 1861 in the mineral
lepidolite through the use of a spectroscope. It has the highest
room temperature conductivity of any known ionic crystal. Ignites
spontaneously in air. Reacts violently in water.
Robert Wilhelm Bunsen (1811-1899) invented many lecture-room and
laboratory appliances, most famously the Bunsen burner. He also
invented the spectroscope and with it discovered rubidium and
caesium; greatly perfected methods of electrolysis, inventing a
new battery; made many investigations among metallic and organic
Robert Bunsen (1811 - 1899)
Rubidium as on the
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element according to its atomic number, as based on the
Periodic Law, so that chemical elements with similar properties are in the
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Other elements classified as
Alkali metals are soft, malleable, ductile, and are good
conductors of heat and electricity. The other elements contained in
this classification are as follows:
What is Rubidium - IUPAC and the
Modern Standardised Periodic Table
The Standardised Periodic Table in use today was agreed by the
International Union of Pure Applied Chemistry, IUPAC, in 1985 and
now recognises more periods and elements than Dimitri
Mendeleev knew in his day in his day but still all fitting into his concept of
the "Periodic Table" in which
Rubidium is just one element
that can be found.
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Periodic Symbol, group, classification, properties and atomic
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