Colour: silvery white
Density: 12.023 g/cm<sup>3</sup>
Transparency: opaque
Lustre: Metallic: This luster has the shine of polished metal, like gold, silver, or copper. It reflects light strongly and uniformly, creating a mirror-like appearance.
Pd
Type: Metal, Platinum Group Metal
Mohs Hardness: 4.75
Melting Point(RT): 1554.9 °C
Boiling Point: 2963 °C
Magnetism: Paramagnetic
Thermal Conductivity: 71.8 W/(m⋅K)
Electrical Resistivity: 105.4 nΩ⋅m (at 20 °C)

General Information

Palladium is a rare and lustrous silvery-white platinum group metal. As compared to other platinum group metals, they have similar chemical properties, but palladium has the lowest melting point and is the least dense of them. The most common use of platinum is as a catalyst in chemical reactions, as an investment or as jewelry.

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Application

Location

Palladium can be located at copper and nickel mines as a result of being a by-product of their mining. This is mostly in the copperbelt and north western provinces.

Processing

Extraction often occurs as a byproduct during copper or nickel processing, making their production dependent on the economics of those main metals.

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