An: 78 N: 117
Am: 195.078 g/mol
Group No: 10
Group Name: Precious metal or platinum group metal
Block: d-block Period: 6
State: solid at 298 K
Colour: greyish white Classification: Metallic
Boiling Point: 4098K (3825°C)
Melting Point: 2041.4K (1768.3°C)
Critical temperature: 0K (0°C)
Superconducting temperature: 0K (0°C)
Who: Antonio de Ulloa and Don Jorge Juan y Santacilia
Spanish: platina (little silver).
“Platinum” in different languages.
Produced from ores called native platinum. Primary producers are Russia, Canada, South Africa, Colombia and Peru. Annual production is around 30 tons.
A rod of solid platinum weighing 21 troy ounces. At July 2006 prices this rod is worth around US$25,500.
Universe: 0.005 ppm (by weight)
Sun: 0.009 ppm (by weight)
Carbonaceous meteorite: 0.1 ppm
Earth’s Crust: 0.0037 ppm
Seawater: Atlantic surface: n/a ppm; Atlantic deep: n/a ppm; Pacific surface: 1.1 x 10-7 ppm; Pacific deep: 2.7 x 10-7 ppm
Used in jewellery, to make crucibles, special containers, as a catalyst (in catalytic converters fixed to cars), in dental crowns, as an anti-tumor agent and to make standard weights and measures. It is also combined with cobalt to produce very strong magnets.
Naturally-occurring platinum and platinum-rich alloys have been known for a long time. Though the metal was used by pre-Columbian Native Americans, the first European reference to platinum appears in 1557 in the writings of the Italian humanist Julius Caesar Scaliger (1484-1558) as a description of a mysterious metal found in Central American mines between Darien (Panama) and Mexico (“up until now impossible to melt by any of the Spanish arts”). The word platinum comes from the Spanish word platina, meaning “little silver.”
Platinum was discussed by astronomer Antonio de Ulloa and Don Jorge Juan y Santacilia (1713-1773), both appointed by King Philip V to join a geographical expedition in Peru that lasted from 1735 to 1745. Among other things, Ulloa observed the platina del pinto, the unworkable metal found with gold in New Granada (Colombia). British privateers intercepted Ulloa’s ship on the return voyage. Though he was well-treated in England, and even made a member of the Royal Society he was prevented from publishing a reference to the unknown metal until 1748. Before that could happen Charles Wood independently isolated the element in 1741.
Discovered by astronomer Antonio de Ulloa and Don Jorge Juan y Santacilia during a geographical expedition in Peru that lasted from 1735 to 1745. Ulloa observed the unworkable metal found with gold in New Granada (Colombia). British privateers intercepted Ulloa’s ship on the return voyage. Though he was well-treated in England, and even made a member of the Royal Society he was prevented from publishing a reference to the unknown metal until 1748. It is thought that Charles Wood independently isolated the element in 1741.
The Italian humanist Julius Caesar Scaliger makes the first European reference to Platinum in 1557, as a description of a mysterious metal found in Central American mines between Darien (Panama) and Mexico.
Platinum is considered a precious metal and is traded on the world’s commodities exchanges, it’s price fluctuates with availability, but is usually around twice that of gold.
Oxaliplatin C8H12N2O4Pt : A platinum-based chemotherapy drug.
Reactions of Platinum
Reactions with air
Platinum metal does not normally react with air or oxygen.
Reactions with halogens
Careful control of the reaction between platinum metal and fluorine gas results in either the volatile platinum(VI) fluoride, PtF6 or the tetrameric platinum(V) fluoride, (PtF5)4. The latter posseses the same type of structure as (IrF5)4, (RhF5)4, (OsF5)4, and (RuF5)4, and disproportionates into platinum(VI) fluoride and platinum(IV) fluoride.
Pt(s) + 3F2(g) –> PtF6(s)
4Pt(s) + 10F2(g) –> (PtF5)4(s)
(PtF5)4(s) + PtF6(g) –> PtF4(s)
Tetrachloride, tetrabromide and tetraiodide are formed in the reactions of platinum metal and the respective halogens.
Pt(s) + 2Cl2(g) –> PtCl4(s)
Pt(s) + 2Br2(g) –> PtBr4(s)
Pt(s) + 2I2(g) –> PtI4(s)
Platinum(II) chloride is also formed in the controlled reaction of platinum metal and chlorine. Depending upon the reaction conditions, one of two different forms of PtCl2 is formed.
Pt(s) + Cl2(g) –> PtCl2(s)
Occurrence of Platinum
Platinum is an extremely rare metal, occurring as only 5 ppb in the Earth’s crust. In 2005, South Africa was the top producer of platinum with almost 80% world share followed by Russia, Canada and Botswana, reports the British Geological Survey.
Platinum is often found chemically uncombined as native platinum and alloyed with iridium as platiniridium. The platinum arsenide, sperrylite (PtAs2), is a major source of platinum associated with nickel ores in the Sudbury Basin deposit in Ontario, Canada. The rare sulfide mineral cooperite, (Pt,Pd,Ni)S, contains platinum along with palladium and nickel. Cooperite occurs in the Merensky Reef within the Bushveld complex, Gauteng, South Africa.
Platinum, often accompanied by small amounts of other platinum family metals, occurs in alluvial placer deposits in the Witwatersrand of South Africa, Colombia, Ontario, the Ural Mountains, and in certain western American states.
Platinum is produced commercially as a by-product of nickel ore processing in the Sudbury deposit. The huge quantities of nickel ore processed makes up for the fact that platinum is present as only 0.5 ppm in the ore.
Isotopes of Platinum
190Pt [112 neutrons]
Half life: 6.5 x 1011 years [ Alpha Decay ]
Decay Energy: 3.18 MeV
Decays to 186Os.
191Pt [113 neutrons]
Half life: 2.96 days [ Electron Capture ]
Decay Energy: ? MeV
Decays to 191Ir.
192Pt [114 neutrons]
Stable wiht 114 neutrons
193Pt [115 neutrons]
Half life: 4.33 days
Decay Energy: 0.1355 MeV
Decays to 193Pt.
193Pt [115 neutrons]
Half life: 50 years [ Electron Capture ]
Decay Energy: ? MeV
Decays to 193Ir.
194Pt [116 neutrons]
Stable with 116 neutrons
195mPt [117 neutrons]
Half life: 4.02 days
Decay Energy: 0.1297 MeV
Decays to 195Pt.
195Pt [117 neutrons]
Stable with 117 neutrons
196Pt [118 neutrons]
Stable with 118 neutrons
197mPt [119 neutrons]
Half life: 1.59 hours
Decay Energy: 0.3456 MeV
Decays to 197Pt.
197Pt [119 neutrons]
Half life: 19.8913 hours [ beta- ]
Decay Energy: 0.719 MeV
Decays to 197Au.
198Pt [120 neutrons]
Stable with 120 neutrons