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Atomic symbol - Pd
Atomic weight - 106.42
Atomic number - 46
Electron configuration - 2-8-18-18-0
Oxidation states - +2, +4
State of matter - solid
Heavy metal-ductile
Discovered in 1803 by William Hyde Wollaston
Boils at 2927 .C, melts at 1552 .C

Palladium is the lightest and has the lowest melting point of all of the
platinum metals of transition Group VIII of the periodic table. A use is of a
catalyst. It is a precious gray-white metal that is extremely ductile. Small
amounts of palladium alloyed with gold produce the best white gold. Its chief
use is for electrical contacts on telephone equiptment.

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