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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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How equivalent mass or equivalent can be related to this? [on hold]

Of two oxides of iron, the first contained 22% and the second contained 30% of oxygen by weight. The ratio of weights of iron in the two oxides that combine with the same weight of oxygen is. I found ...
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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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Deposition of Nb on SiO2 wafer (Z-Cut)

I am trying to sputter $\ce{Nb}$ on $\ce{SiO2}$ Z-Cut wafers (quartz crystal). I was wondering if $\ce{Nb}$ will stick well to the surface of the wafer. I've routinely deposited $\ce{Nb}$ on $\ce{...
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Why do metals form cations?

metals that have a low number of occupied shells such as lithium and potassium should have a stronger electrostatic attraction to their nuclei, so what causes them to always lose their electrons ...
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Disproportionation of Au(II)

Cu(II) and Ag(II) complexes are known to exist while Au(II) is unstable and disproportionates to Au(I) and Au(III). My guess as to possible reasons to this effect is that Au(II) like Cu(II) and Ag(II)...
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Properties of Nanocar racetracks

In the Nanocar race competition the molecules are raced on a gold surface. Is there a specific property of gold that it forms a good "racetrack"? On what criteria does it compare with other metal ...
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Brass - is this corrosion or oxidation and why did it happen?

I have bought a new brass Y-split water valve which is plain brass but inside is a more polished one, it was packed nicely and I opened it 2 days ago, washed it off with water for some reason, then ...
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What are we seeing in this AC salt-water copper-wire experiment?

There's a highly watched video on YouTube by "ElectroBoom" on the effects of passing AC (not DC) current through salt water. The water gets cloudy and at the end of the video we can see one of the ...
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Why does copper jewelry & wire smell bad - even when I'm not wearing it?

I make jewelry by weaving a frame from copper wire for a gemstone, then making copper coils or spirals, etc for further decoration. Even 'on the roll', the copper wire smells bad - and the smell ...
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Can gold cause tin or other metals to corrode?

I stumbled upon the following article while trying to identify some old RAM modules: https://www.techrepublic.com/article/quickly-identify-ram-chips-with-these-tips/ In the article, it mentions the ...
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Low-cost nontoxic corrosion inhibitor for steel exposed to hydrochloric acid

It seems that many commercial descaling solutions designed to remove scale (calcium carbonates, etc that form on water heaters) are a simple combination of an acid and an acid corrosion inhibitor for ...
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When burning Metal Salts such as Lithium Chloride is the emission toxic? [closed]

I'm completely new; Just thought this was the place to ask.
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Flame Test Spectrograms Not Lining Up With Reality

In my AS Level chemistry class we had tried some DIY spectroscopy of flame tests with the aim of identifying anions in certain salts. We got as far as building the spectrometer inspired by Paper Craft ...
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Why do the f-block elements ( inner transition metals) have an oxidation number of +3? [closed]

The f-block valence electrons understandably include the outermost two from 6s. But why do the f-block elements have an oxidation number of +3, pulling an electron from an inner shell, not even a d-...
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How is traditional thermite powder stored such that it doesn’t corrode?

I watched some guy talk about redox reactions. Then he was going to do the good old thermite demonstration. He just had a bottle of thermite mixture. I’m wondering, why didn’t it have a chance to ...
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Metal colored flame and safety

For Chrismtas I was a given a wonderful gas lighter, that produced a pink flame by heating small metal pads (when the pads are cold, the flame is blue, once they are red hot, the flame is colored). ...
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What is the black slag formed when sterling silver is melted with borax? [Edited with images]

What is the black graphite looking slag that is formed when sterling silver is melted with borax? Is there a way to remove it from the surface of the sterling silver? It appears to be indestructible!...
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Is the flint used in disposable lighters toxic?

Especially the sparks that result when using them. I heard this from a friend and can't seem to find an answer on Google.
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Gaseous metals?

Metals form metallic bonds which explain many of their chemical and physical properties. This is most familiar in the solid state but metallic properties are still quite recognizable in the liquid ...
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nickel-copper fabric: shielding viability after being subjected to weathering

I know the solution can be as simple as a well-sealed garbage can, but I am contemplating making a more malleable fabric based faraday-cage-esque contraption. The plan is to use nickle-copper fabric ...
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The test of metal hydroxides and metal oxides

Is testing metal oxide different from testing metal hydroxide using a litmus paper?
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What happened to this stainless steel tool when exposed to vinegar?

Based on an article I found online about how to disinfect hygiene tools I've been soaking nail clippers and similar items in a mixture of white vinegar, dish soap, and warm water for a few hours in a ...
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Gallium - Practical use to remove aluminium

Would gallium pass through aluminium into steel? The situation is two joined pieces of metal. Gallium could be applied to the aluminium to degrade it, for mechanical removal, but would it pass ...
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It is possible to create any metal? [duplicate]

This question just popped up in head. There are many things which we are good at. We are good at: constructions. build stuff. destroying things. repairing things. cleaning. But I want also to know, ...
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Aluminum and aluminum oxide

I have a new grain mill that I am hesitant to use because the rollers are anodized aluminum. As I understand it the anodized aluminum is actually aluminum oxide and supposedly non-toxic. I realize ...
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Materials used in cooktop heating element, and reason for black appearance

I have been interested in the structure of heating elements/coils used in cooktops. I am referring to something such as in the following picture: I have a cooktop at home with such elements, and at ...
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How does Nickel harden steel?

Nickel : Does not harden austenitic stainless steel Ease the tempering of martensitic stainless steel Harden maraging steel by forming precipitates I also read people saying that it harden ferritic ...
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Recover Solder (Sn-Pb) from wires

I have began to do an "art project" which utilizes solder as main material. While I know that solder is cheap and easily found in multiple shops, I have set my mind on using recycled solder from out ...
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What bonding allows chloroaluminate (AlCl4-) to form?

How is $\ce{AlCl4-}$ formed when $\ce{Al}$ only has $3$ electrons in it's outershell. It would be able to give $3$ electrons away with $\ce{AlCl3}$ for it to have a full outershell but how does it ...
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Effect of oxidation aluminium reflectivity

Aluminium is a fairly good reflector, but oxidation will reduce it's optical reflective properties. Aluminium is used for reflectors either being deposited on a substrate, or polished and protected ...
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What metals have been used in photography?

I'm interested in knowing about the various processes that have been used in chemical photography. As I understand it, most are based on silver. Are there any major ones which have not used silver? ...
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How to safely clean tantalum jewelry

I have some tantalum jewelry that I would like to clean. I've tried just soap and water to no success, so I wanted to try one of the standard at-home cleaning methods, like this one that uses foil, ...
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Is it environmental to throw ordinary keys in the regular household trash?

I have several keys on my chain that I do not need any more, so I'm thinking about throwing them away, but I'm not sure if it is okay to throw away in the regular household trash. I looked it up to ...
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Thermal Conductivity of Calcium Carbonate?

Is Calcium Carbonate (Group 1 and 2) able to conduct heat more than other carbonate (Transition metal) allowing for them to be decomposed faster. The reason I am asking this question is because my ...
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Regarding interaction with metal sword and white gas

I have a large sword that is comprised of over 1000 layers of Titanium and High Carbon Steel. I wrapped it in Kevlar Wick and I set it on fire using Coleman White Gas (Camp Fuel) for performances. ...
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What is this golden looking substance?

I am currently messing around with gallium compromising aluminum. I am using a titalium lock which is just a brand of aluminum padlock and I put a gallium-indium euctic alloy on the surface of it. It’...
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Which karat gold is harder, 24 kt or 18 kt?

$\pu{24 kt}$ gold indicates that $24/24$ part of it, i.e. $100\%$ of it is gold. $\pu{18 kt}$ indicates that $18/24$ part of it is gold. As gold is a soft element, I reckoned that $\pu{18 kt}$ gold ...
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Terminology for describing nuclei participating in metallic bonds

I've read many times that in metals (for example sodium metal), what constitutes the crystal lattice is an arrange of atoms, since no electron is given or lost, they are just shared between all the ...
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In a copper wire, how many electrons does each atom give away?

As an ion, copper can give off 1, 2, 3 or 4 electrons. But it has 1 s electron in the last shell and 10 d electrons. So as a metal, how many of those are delocalised and free to move around, and how ...
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Why do we dip noble metals (Ir, Pd) into NaOH for an oxide coating in thermal oxidation?

I've noticed that a common technique for creating a layer of oxide onto palladium or iridium is to dip it into high concentrated NaOH prior to putting it in a furnace for ~800C. I've been reading ...
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KCl + CuCl2 in solution, is there a reaction?

I'm wondering if the reaction of $\ce{KCl + CuCl2}$ in solution (aq) will produce any products (have a net ionic equation/solid precipitate)? Using the metal activity series, I see that potassium is ...
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Metal reactivity with hot water VS HCL

Does being able to react with hot water take more metal reactivity than being able to react with HCl? To me, it seems like a metal would need to be more reactive to be able to react with hot water ...
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Choosing electrodes for corrosive environments

Background I'm building a watering robot for my household plants. For the purpose of measuring the moisture content of the plant I intend to use a resisitive approach where I pass an electric current ...
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Dissolution of Lithium in Methanol

Easy question to kick off my chemexchange membership! I'm learning chemistry in my spare time, and fittingly for a video art project I'm doing, decided to try a simple inorganic(?) procedure to make ...
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How two neutral atoms are together with no force between [duplicate]

How sodium atoms exist together when they all have unstability due to an extra electron present in their outermost shell? I mean how two neutral atoms Na atoms are existing together in form of white ...
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What are metal zip tags and belt buckles made of?

Metal zipper tags and belt buckles melt very easily and can be melted by heating it in the stove for 5 minutes. But other metals like aluminium refuse to melt even after hours. If you leave it ...
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Is iron (III) oxide-hydroxide the same as iron (III) hydroxide?

Firstly, the Wikipedia article on iron(III) oxide-hydroxide says that $\ce{FeO(OH).H2O}$ is sometimes described as iron(III) hydroxide ($\ce{Fe(OH)3}$). If that is so, does iron(III) hydroxide not ...
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Assay of stainless steel

I frequently need to discriminate between 304 and 316 stainless steel which cannot be done by eye. 304 SS has 18% chromium and 8% nickel 316 SS has 16% chromium, 10% nickel and 2% molybdenum How ...