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Atomic symbol - Ni
Atomic weight - 58.69
Atomic number - 28
Electron configuration - 2-8-16-2
Oxidation states - +2, +3
State of matter - solid
Heavy metal-ductile
Discovered in 1751 by Baron Axle Fredrik Cronstedt
Boils at 2732 .C, melts at 1453 .C

Nickel is ferromagnetic. It's a hard white metal the resists tarnish. It's one
the most important steel alloys. When divided into tiny pieces it becomes an
excellent catalyst, especially in the hydrogenation of fats and oils. Nickel
dioxide was used as the cathode in Edisons storage battery. Nickel compounds
have become important in electroplating and various other things.

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