|Atomic mass||102.9055 amu|
|Crystal structure||Cubic face centered|
|Date of discovery||1803|
|Name of discoverer||William H. Wollaston|
|Name origin||From the Latin rhodon, meaning rose, as its diluted salts produce a rosy solution.|
|Uses||Used as a coating to prevent wear on high quality science equipment as well as in headlight reflectors, telephone relays, fountain pen tips and aircraft sparkplugs.|
|Obtained from||Produced as a by-product of nickel refining, but is also found in its natural state in Montana, USA.|
Rhodium(RO-dee-em) is a hard, silvery metal.
Melting Point: 3567 °F (1964 °C or 2237 K)
Boiling Point: 6683 °F (3695 °C or 3968 K)
Density: 12.4 grams per cubic centimeter
The primary use for Rhodium is in catalytic converters for cars.
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