19 Facts About Platinum


Platinum is a chemical element with the symbol Pt and atomic number 78.

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Platinum is a member of the platinum group of elements and group 10 of the periodic table of elements.

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Platinum is used in catalytic converters, laboratory equipment, electrical contacts and electrodes, platinum resistance thermometers, dentistry equipment, and jewelry.

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Platinum is used in the glass industry to manipulate molten glass which does not "wet" platinum.

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Platinum is more ductile than gold, silver or copper, thus being the most ductile of pure metals, but it is less malleable than gold.

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Platinum has six naturally occurring isotopes: Pt, Pt, Pt, Pt, Pt, and Pt.

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Platinum has 34 synthetic isotopes ranging in atomic mass from 165 to 204, making the total number of known isotopes 40.

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Platinum is an extremely rare metal, occurring at a concentration of only 0.

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Platinum arsenide, sperrylite, is a major source of platinum associated with nickel ores in the Sudbury Basin deposit in Ontario, Canada.

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Platinum exists in higher abundances on the Moon and in meteorites.

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Platinum hexafluoride is a strong oxidizer capable of oxidizing oxygen.

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Platinum worked with the platinum by fusing it with arsenic, then later volatilizing the arsenic.

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Platinum is paramagnetic, whereas nickel and iron are both ferromagnetic.

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Platinum is used in the petroleum industry as a catalyst in a number of separate processes, but especially in catalytic reforming of straight-run naphthas into higher-octane gasoline that becomes rich in aromatic compounds.

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Platinum is a precious metal commodity; its bullion has the ISO currency code of XPT.

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Platinum is used as an alloying agent for various metal products, including fine wires, noncorrosive laboratory containers, medical instruments, dental prostheses, electrical contacts, and thermocouples.

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Platinum-based anodes are used in ships, pipelines, and steel piers.

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Platinum drugs are used to treat a wide variety of cancers, including testicular and ovarian carcinomas, melanoma, small-cell and non-small-cell lung cancer, myelomas and lymphomas.

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Platinum is considered a precious metal, although its use is not as common as the use of gold or silver.

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