A metal is an element, compound, or alloy that is a good conductor of both electricity and heat.

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Does Photoelectric effect occur in a micro-oven while heating food? [on hold]

Does the photoelectric effect occur while heating food on a metal plate in a microwave oven? If not, then why doesn't it occur?
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can alloys or metals with gases be created? [on hold]

Are there metal-gas alloys? Can be created under extreme temperatures and pressure?
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How to test for heavy metal in water?

Is there a way to test if water has toxic heavy metals. Samples to both the water and people who drink it are available. Preferably, it should be done with at hold materials. I could also borrow ...
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Do only metals form ions?

Do nonmetals form ions? I am asking this because I was reading something and I came across the phrase "metal ions," which left me to wonder whether or not there are nonmetal ions as well.
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What are the intermolecular and intramolecular forces between Hg molecules/ atoms in liquid mercury?

Mercury is the only metal that is liquid at room temperature. I know that metallic bonding exists between metal atoms but my knowledge is limited to metallic bonding found in solids. Will there ...
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Does a gold detector exist?

I see many sites that claim to sell working gold detectors but I am not convinced that they work. Also, does a metal detector detect gold?
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Miscibility of Molten Metals

While reading about the size of atoms and ions of the Group 1 elements in the textbook "Concise Inorganic Chemistry" by JD Lee, I came across this line: The Li+ is much smaller than the other ...
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Does sodium produce water when it reacts with water?

My 10th grade chemistry book states that: "Metals react with water and produce a metal oxide and hydrogen gas. Metal oxides that are soluble in water dissolve in it to further form metal ...
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Calculating Molar Volume from crystal volume

I am trying to calculate molar volume of certain crystal lattices to be used for crystal growth kinetics calculations. The information I have is the crystal volume & crystal lattices. For example ...
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Organic solutions that corrode metals

Most of the common organic solvents are regarded as noncorrosive, but stainless steel can be attacked by formic, acetic, and propanoic acids. Corrosion of stainless steel by organic solvent ...
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protecting contact between aluminium and copper wires

The quarters in which I live has both aluminum and copper household wiring. This results in corrosion of the contacts and can lead to sparking, overheating, and even fire. Is there any way to ...
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Improving copper contact and preventing oxidation

I have a model railway in which I use pure copper on the tracks and in the engine to power the train with electricity. Is there any solution to prevent the copper surfaces from corrosion, and maybe ...
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Ag-Sn-Cu Phase diagram to formulate homogenization temperature / duration

I am working on Ag-Sn-Cu alloy phase diagram to figure out the best temperature / duration to homogenize the alloy (annealing). The %age of elements in the alloy are Ag - 40 % Cu - 27.8% Sn - 32.2 % ...
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Why is it that the least reactive metals are the best electrical conductors?

Silver, Gold and Platinum are amongst the best conductors of electricity, but also the amongst the most unreactive. Since electrical conductivity depends on the number of delocalized electrons (along ...
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Why dishwashers are corrosive to aluminum?

When I put aluminium parts into my dishwasher, they get tainted and they are sometime covered with white dots similar to salt. I don't think it is aluminium oxide. What are the chemical reactions ...
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why platinum/palladium are such a good catalyst?

Platinum and palladium are great catalysts. At the same time, other metals of the same family are not. What are the atomic level reasons for this?
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Why are noble metals more electronegative then most metals?

I was researching about electronegativity when I looked up what a graph of electronegativity within the periodic table is. And, this appeared. I scanned it, matching up everything I knew about the ...
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Is aluminium a metal or metalloid?

Aluminium is along the dark line of the Periodic Table and it is $p$-block metal. Is it metal or a metalloid? Why?
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Why does cationic charge density affect metallic bonding?

Group II metals have a smaller cationic size but one more valence electron than Group I metals. Why would the higher charge density of a metal cation affect the strength of the bonding of it in its ...
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Could milk rust a steel teaspoon?

Recently, while cleaning a neighbour's fridge (turned off for a few weeks), I came across a cup (closed with a lid). Inside the cup was, to my olfactory horror, congealed milk, with a steel (iron) ...
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Electroplating metal inside polymer foam with acetone

In my research we have a method of making polymer open-cell foams with high tortuosity and pore sizes on the order of 50–200 nanometers. I can make thicknesses of 100 µm to 2 mm thick (and up to 5 ...
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Is the pH of a solution (orange juice) affected by the presence of a metal?

Is the pH of a solution (orange juice) affected by the presence of a metal (aluminium, tin or iron for example)? I know that the metal will corrode in the presence of an acid (citric acid in this ...
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Sodium by electrolysis through glass

In his 1926 thesis Robert Cady Burts describes the production of sodium by electrolysis of sodium nitrate through glass. I can't find much else on this method. Are there any modern descriptions of ...
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Palladium Nanocube

What is the relative permittivity and relative permeability of a palladium nanocube? If I change the size of this $\ce{Pd}$ nanocube, will these values be changed or remain the same?
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I need Iron powder. What's the best way to produce it?

I have Ferric Chloride and Aluminum... I also have steel filings from grinding steel objects, though some Iron Oxide have be separated (I do have Oxalic Acid and Citric Acid). Though that would give ...
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How to detect lead paint on a bicycle?

Recently I started renovating a bicycle. The frame has been painted probably over 30 years ago, and despite holding well, big patches of rust are showing. So it's time to give the bike a new paint ...
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What does boiling point of a metal depend on, specifically manganese?

Boiling point, as I understand, generally depends on molar mass and the intermolecular interactions in the liquid phase. What are the other influencing factors? What intermolecular forces are ...
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Are there compounds that melt under their own weight?

Is there a compound that can melt under its own weight? That is, a block of such material remains solid when put horizontally but starts to melt when put vertically or remains solid in microgravity, ...
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Why does magnesium have an exceptionally low melting point?

Why does magnesium have a lower melting point than both calcium and beryllium? It does not seem to fit into the group trend.
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Corrosion of a galvanic couple made with silver and gold

If a bangle is made out of gold and silver, connected with each-other would there be corrosion happening? If so, can it be explained using the galvanic series? Also do those metals undergo oxidation ...
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Why are Group 11 elements unreactive?

Group 11 metals namely $\ce{Cu, Ag, Au}$ are known for their low reactivities. They are thus rightly called coinage metals and have been historically used to make currency owing to this very property ...
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What causes the iridescent colour in laboratory grown bismuth?

Artificially grown bismuth crystals are arguably magnificent, as seen in the image below: Image source: Minerals.net The website states that: They have hopper-like growths in pseudocubic ...
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Gallium-induced structural failure of aluminium

I have seen youtube videos of people treating some aluminium object with liquid gallium and after letting it sit for a while, they are able to break up the aluminium into tiny little pieces with their ...
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Different solder composition affects the connection strength?

I was wondering if the tin/lead/other metals bond with the metal parts that are low-temperature soldered. I know that the flux in the solder is used to remove the oxide layer, leaving a clean metal ...
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Will selenium react or bond, ionic or covalent, with vanadium?

I was recently asked if $\ce{Se}$ will bond with $\ce{V}$, creating a compound $\ce{SeV}$ . I am not sure if this is even possible but if so I'd like to find out.
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How does a “sea of electrons” hold metal atom together?

How do delocalized electrons hold metal atoms together? What are the forces of attraction between the atoms and the electrons called?
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How different concentration of HCl on magnesium affect the enthalpy change

I had conducted an experiment where I reacted a $0.3\ \mathrm{g}$ strip of magnesium with $100\ \mathrm{mL}$ of varying concentrations of $\ce{HCl}$: $1\ \mathrm{mol/L}$, $2\ \mathrm{mol/L}$ and $3\ ...
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What's the simplest way to etch Nickel and Chromium sputtered layers?

I have to etch a very thin film (50 nm) of Nickel ($\ce{Ni}$) on a 100 nm $\ce{SiO2}$/$\ce{Si}$ substrate. Additionally, there is a ~5 nm adhesion layer of $\ce{Cr}$ under the $\ce{Ni}$ that I'd also ...
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Why do ion cores not move in a metal?

The delocalized electrons in a metal move about because of the electrostatic attractions between them and many different positive ion cores. But why does the same not occur with the ion cores ...
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Separate precious metals from catalytic converter

I am looking to separate the small quantities of platinum and palladium in a catalytic converter. However since these are very inert metals I am unsure how to proceed about doing so. Melting the ...
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De-ionized water [duplicate]

Is de-ionized water more corrosive to metals than tap water? I have read that it "wants" the removed ions back and will aggressively take them from any available source.
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Jahn-Teller Metal : The new state of matter

Recently it came in the news that scientists have discovered a new state of matter called Jahn-Teller metal. I tried reading up on it but couldn't understand it clearly. Please explain in simple ...
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What would a diagram of the metal lattice structure of CuSO4 look like?

Just as $\ce{NaCl}$ would look like this: What would a diagram of $\ce{CuSO4}$ look like?
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What chemical characteristics give types of steel their properties?

I am a mechanical engineer, and just like everyone else I had classes on the crystal structure of metals, phase diagrams, and the various heat treatments. However, even after diving back into that ...
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Is there a characteristic that characterizes all, and only, metals?

The Wikipedia article on metals describes them as elements whose polyatomic configurations* exhibit any one of a number of patterns. I could not discern any property that characterized all the ...
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Why is a tin can that appears like galvanised steel rusting?

I bought a canned pineapple and finished the content. The part of the can that is in contact with the liquid appears like galvanized steel (crystalline surface or spangles sort of appearance), while ...
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Determining spin of metal complex

Is there any way to determine the spin of $\ce{[Fe(OH)6]^{4-}}$ without looking at the spectrochemical series?
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In solid Iron, what is the charge of the positive atom? [duplicate]

I'm familiar with the sea model of metals. What I'm curious about is: exactly how many electrons are lost by the iron, to be absorbed into the sea of electrons? For a general metal, how many electrons ...
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Titration of C₄H₆O₂

$\ce{C4H6O2}$ (10.75 g) was dissolved in water (250 cm3) and then a 20 cm3 sample was titrated against an alkali metal hydroxide solution. This required 17.35 cm3 of the alkali. What was the ...
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Why does mercury not form amalgam with iron?

I am learning about solutions and while giving an example of a liquid (solute) and a solid (solvent), my teacher told us that mercury forms an amalgam with all the metals except iron. I want to know ...