Elements
61

Pm

Promethium

Pronounced

pro-MEE-thi-em

Promethium (Pm) is a rare metal that has the atomic number 61 in the periodic table. It is a Lanthanide metal. It has the symbol Pm.

Whilst a lot of lanthanides were discovered in the late 1800’s its was not until 1945 that Promethium was produced in the lab from the fission of uranium products. Promethium-147 was isolated by ion exchange chromatography. It was named after the Greek Titan Prometheus who in mythology stole fire from the gods of Mt Olympus. Promethium is the only rare earth metal that is radioactivity. In the dark it will produce a pale blue glow due to its radioactivity. Promethium has uses as a source of beta particles and is used in atomic batteries and missiles. It does not exist in nature and must be produced in the lab. Promethium was the last of the rare earth lanthanides to be discovered. It is a solid metal at room temperature with a melting point of 1042°c and a boiling point of 3000°c.

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FAQ's

What is the Melting Point for Promethium?

Promethium has a Melting Point of 1042°C, meaning at 1042°C it will turn to a liquid.

What is the Boiling Point for Promethium?

Promethium has a Boiling Point of 3000°C, meaning at 3000°C it will turn to a Gas.

What is the Electronegativity of Promethium?

Promethium's Electronegativty is 1.13. Electronegativity is a measure of how strongly atoms attract bonding electrons to themselves.

Discovered by

J.A. Marinsky, L.E. Glendenin, C.D. Coryell

Discovery date

1945

What is the Heat of Vaporization of Promethium?

Promethium has a Heat of Vaporization of kJ/mol.

Uses

It has been used as a source of radioactivity for thickness-measuring gages.

Sources

Does not occur naturally. Found among fission products of uranium, thorium, and plutonium.

61
Protons
61
Electrons
84
Neutrons

Pm

Element Symbol
Pm
Atomic Weight
145
Atomic Number
61
State
Solid
Melting Point
Unknown
1042
°C
Boiling Point
3000
Unknown
°C
Heat of Vaporization
Unknown
kJ/mol
Crystal Structure
Hexagonal
Thermoconductivity
0.179
Unknown
W/cmK
Shells
2,8,18,23,8,2
Group
Lanthanide
Period
6
Block
F Block
Orbitals
[Xe] 4f5 6s2
Coefficient of Thermal Expansion
--
Covalent Radius
1.63 Å
Density at 293K
6.475 g/cm³
Electrical Conductivity
--
First Ionization Potential
5.55 V
Second Ionization Potential
10.903 V
Third Ionization Potential
22.283 V
Ionic Radius
1.09 (+3) Å
Oxydation States
3
Lattice Parameter
--
Lattice Parameter 2
--
Lattice Parameter 3
5.7828 Å
Orbital configuration
2,8,18,23,8,2

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