Questions tagged [metal]

For questions about metals in general and their physical or chemical properties. For characteristic properties and reactions of d and f block metals specifically, use the [transition-metals] and [rare-earth-elements] tags respectively instead.

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If you placed silver metal into silver nitrate, would a reaction occur? [closed]

thinking about oxidation and reduction, what happens to the silver metal and the silver ions?
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Which is the most reactive metal: Caesium or Francium? [duplicate]

I searched on Wikipedia for reactivity series but it showed me Caesium as the most reactive metal. I know and have studied that reactivity increases as we go down the first group. Then shouldn’t it be ...
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Importance of concentration of gold in gold parting

I read following lines about gold parting: Gold is not attacked by $\ce{H2SO4}$ or $\ce{HNO3}$, but copper and silver dissolve in them, when concentration of gold is less than $30\%$. If however, ...
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Identifying Copper Purity At Home [closed]

Are there any ways to figure out if the copper foil and mesh I have are pure, as-close-to 100% copper as possible (and as advertised)?
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Will galvanic corrosion happen on a ring made of gold and bronze?

I have recently got a custom-made ring from a jeweler. It’s made from a byzantine-period bronze ring enveloped in a gold bangle. The bronze ring is “glued” onto the gold ring through some kind of ...
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Is strontium more metallic than sodium? If yes then why?

I got an MCQ in my examination, "Which one of the following is more metallic?" and the options were Sr, Na, Be or Aluminium. I know that sodium is more metallic than Be or Al but my mind stuck on ...
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Do metals form covalent bonds besides ionic and cordinate bond? [closed]

My chemistry textbook says that metals form ionic or cordinate bonds whereas non metals form covalent bonds. But in another textbook I read that Lithium, Beryllium, Aluminium, Chromium, Manganese etc, ...
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How can sodium be reduced in the Castner–Kellner process?

In the Castner–Kellner process, why is sodium amalgam formed instead of hydrogen gas at the cathode? If we electrolyse brine solution, then it will liberate hydrogen at cathode, not sodium, because $\...
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How is red oxide of copper converted into black oxide & vice versa? [closed]

I can't really find any information about it. Any help would be appreciated.
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Surface energy for different crystallographic planes

For a given crystal structure, say body centred cubic, on what factors does surface energy of each plane depend? A basic approach considers the atomic density on each crystallographic plane, the ...
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Black substances covering Aluminum Electrode

I have use two aluminum pieces as electrodes to electrolys salt (NaCl) water. After the experiment, I found that wherever electricity flows, the electrode will be covered in some blackish substances. ...
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What can I use to remove print from hard surfaces?

I have a lot of profile products with the logotype of the company handing them out printed on them. In some situations I don't like to show these logos. However, it is stupid to bin working products ...
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Does pure iron not rust?

In my school science textbook, written more than twenty years ago, it said that pure iron does not rust. Accompanying was a photograph of an ancient iron statue situated outside, which had not rusted. ...
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Why does the rusting process start from the bent/squeezed portion of iron?

I have noticed that the rusting of iron starts from the squeezed or bent parts of iron piece. I want to know what is the peculiar reason for the observation that rusting starts from bent or irregular ...
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Is fluorinated steel corrosion resistant from normal oxidation?

I've recently learned of a compound named Chlorine trifluoride a powerful fluorinating agent. The common way to store it seems to be in regular steel drums where it flash oxidizes the inside of the ...
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Need of refining aluminium and Hoope vs Hall–Héroult processes

Recently I was taught how aluminium is commercially extracted. The ore is first concentrated by leaching either by Bayer's process for red bauxite (impurity: $\ce{Fe2O3}$) or by Serpeck's process for ...
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Why is the cathode of a lithium-ion battery metallic, which is the opposite of most other batteries? [closed]

In most types of batteries, primary and secondary, the metallic electrode is the anode, and a non-metal acts as cathode. Or a pure metal is the anode, and the cathode is a metal oxide. Why is the ...
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Aluminium Oxide as Dehydrating agent

According to this paper on dehydration by $\ce{Al2O3}$, Dehydroxylation causes a surface defects as Lewis acidic centers (unsaturated $\ce{Al^3+}$ ions) and basic Lewis centers ($\ce{O^2-}$ ions) ...
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Dissolving plastic resin without damaging aluminium surface

I have an aluminium surface covered with some plastic, which I intend to dissolve in order to clean the surface. On the note for the plastic I have applied, it says that it contains the following: 2-...
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Obtaining mercury from mercury(II) nitrate

I was thinking about obtaining mercury from mercury(II) nitrate. Is it possible? I've tried putting chunks of Fe into it, I've got the logic from the voltaic table (where Fe is on the left side of Hg, ...
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Why does the displacement reaction of zinc in copper(II) sulfate solution result in dark metallic copper?

It is commonly known that when zinc metal is placed in a solution of copper(II) sulfate, a displacement reaction occurs, and elemental copper is deposited onto the decomposing zinc metal. A practical ...
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Metal nail reaction in wall filler

Please help explain what is happening to this nail. It has been in this wall filler for a good few months. The substance being excreted was rising up forming these stalagmites, with a liquid forming ...
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Gallium makes aluminum soft like a wet tissue. Any other metals or alloys that are vulnerable to similar damage? [closed]

Gallium can make aluminum soft and brittle as long as it bypasses the aluminum oxide normally formed on the surface of the aluminum (for example by scratching the surface). Mercury can weaken ...
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Using MP-AES, can I accurately say I've found a metal concentration on one wavelength and not another?

I've been given the opportunity to use an MP-AES for metal detection. I'm testing traces of metals in plants. The plant matter is digested so I have a liquid solution, I expect there to be a lot of ...
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Diferent Sacrificial Anodes Duration

Zinc, magnesium and alluminium are the common anodes, there are all diferent. Ones more reactive than the other, which is why some are more effective in salt water. Salt water is a better conductor to ...
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What is the physical meaning of the statements like “weight percentage of FeO in Fe”? [closed]

I have always had the notion of calculating weight percentage of Fe in FeO. It always seems that we are to calculate at times the weight percentage of FeO in Fe.Particularly when one weight percentage ...
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Is it safe to boil water in a foil pan on an electric burner?

Is it safe to boil water in a foil pan on an electric burner? Can the metal leach into the water? I've heard some reports recently about avoiding aluminum foil due to it leaching into food. Photos ...
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However what is so acidic about CaO and basic(no pun intended) about SiO2 while calculating basicity of slag?

I have seen Basicity to be calculated as $\mathrm{B} = wt\%\:\ce{CaO}/wt\%\:\ce{SiO2}$ particularly in slag bascity/acidity calcuations. Now I do not think that $\ce{CaO}$ is the most basic oxide that ...
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Why do we use coke instead of coal in order to reduce FeO as basic reaction in ironmaking process?

Why is coke used as a reducing agent to reduce FeO to produce iron instead of coal.I admit that coke is carbonaceous but what is it that compels us to use coke instead of the naturally available coal?
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Gold Plating on Glass?

I am considering labware options to handle NaOH solutions at ~150°C. One appealing idea would be to coat my current glassware with gold. I've read different sources mentioning the possibility without ...
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The phlogiston theory [closed]

I have looked this theory up on google and found that the theory is that when metal is burnt calx (metal oxide) and phlogiston is created (metal --> calx + phlogiston). Then I found out that ...
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What is the most convenient way to prepare ferrous oxide (FeO) in the laboratory?

The Wikipedia page for ferrous oxide states that $\ce{FeO}$ can be prepared by the thermal decomposition of iron(II) oxalate, with the following reaction: $$\ce{FeC2O4 → FeO + CO2 + CO}$$ And that ...
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What kind of metal drums are used to store Hydrochloric Acid?

I would expect Hydrochloric Acid to be stored exclusively in glass or plastic containers, but I was surprised to find Honeywell offers it for sale in 30Kg metal drums (Link). I think Hydrochloric ...
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Why is a TTT diagram called isothermal transformation diagram?

Why are TTT diagrams called isothermal temperature diagram?As far as I know the temperature variation is plotted with the variation of time in a TTT diagram. Then why do we call it "isothermal".What ...
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How to determine the solubility of a Metal Fluoride in liquid Gallium

How do I determine if a Metal Fluoride is soluble in liquid Gallium and under what conditions the Metal Fluoride will stay in solution in the liquid Gallium? I am involved in a project that is ...
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Anodization Titanium current vs voltage

I am fairly new to anodization of Titanium. It concerns anodization using oxalic acid with the sole purpose of coloring Titanium grade 2 parts (= type III?). After some research online, I found a lot ...
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Can a Titanium Grade 5 alloy produced by SLM have greater 'surface area' exposed?

I was doing an electrochemical test (LPR) and Titanium Grade 5 produced by AM respassivated oxide layer faster than the specimen produced with traditional manufacturing under identical experimental ...
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Which metal ions precipitate in NH4OH? [closed]

From Wikipedia-1, and from an answer here on Stack-Exchange, I can list at least the following elements which will dissolve in aqueous $\ce{NH4OH}$: $\ce{Cr(III), Co(III), Ni(II), Cu(I, II), Zn(II), ...
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Factors that influence the electrical conductivity of metals

The electrical conductivity of metals is a physical property of these materials. Much of the theory used to explain the electrical conductivity of metals is also based on physics understanding. ...
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Why does tantalum and tungsten not form amalgam?

User @Poutnik has recently answered a question in which he/she quoted this statement from Wikipedia: Almost all metals can form amalgams with mercury, the notable exceptions being iron, platinum, ...
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Why is it important to know the spin of bioinorganic complexes?

During a bioinorganic chemistry course, my teacher gives a lot of importance to spin states of metal ions and how they changes (or not) after the formation of a complex. For example, when hemoglobin'...
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Other than CO2 release, what are the disadvantages of precipitating metal carbonates using NaHCO3 instead of Na2CO3?

Be, Mg, Ba, Zn, Ni, Ca, Cu, Fe, Mn, Cd, Pb, Hg, Al carbonate salts are all insoluble. I (perhaps naïvely) believe that I could precipitate carbonates from those mixing a soluble salts of these (e.g. ...
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Where can I find the solubility values of As, Al, Sr, Sb, Ti, and Cr Oxalates in aqueous medium?

Wikipedia doesn't have a reference for the compounds... I'm also looking at least one value around 20C, but across -50-100C would be great.
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How is hair tissue mineral analysis performed?

This might be a mixed chemistry / physics question, but I've always wondered what methods were used to precisely determine the levels down to trace amounts of all minerals in human tissues. I know ...
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Band MO of Sodium Filling of electrons confusion

I wanted to ask a question about metallic bond - band electron theory. Consider the diagram of Sodium below: Circled are orbitals both containing $2$ electrons each which combine using LCAO to give ...
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How do metals split the oxygen double bond during corrosion?

For a metal like $\ce{Mg}$ to corrode into $\ce{MgO}$, the double bond in $\ce{O2}$ must break. Since the dissociation energy of $\ce{O2}$ is 500 kJ/mol, using estimates from the Boltzmann ...
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What's the densest alkali metal?

This was asked in a school exam of mine, GCSE curriculum, exactly as it was worded on the title. I found this question a bit vague, and answered it francium, however of course francium is just an ...
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Is there a method to separate iron from mercury?

The mercury is contaminated with iron. Is there any way to remove iron from mercury?
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Explanation of metallic crystal structures using orbitals and electron configuration

There has to be a direct relation between metallic crystal structure formation and electrons in orbitals. For instance, we know that Fe2+ forms body centered cubic or bcc structure with the ...
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What would happen if I combined this polymer and this metal (assuming I can) [closed]

So let me explain, I recently found out about a material called sorbothane (which is a polymer). Now, sorbothane is special because not only does it highly efficiently absorb shock, but also highly ...

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