Origin / Meaning of the name Rhodium
The name originates from the Greek word rhodon meaning rose because of the "rose color of dilute solutions of its salts".
Periodic Table Group and Classification of the of the Rhodium Element
Elements can be classified based on their physical states (States of Matter) e.g. gas, solid or liquid. This element is a solid. Rhodium is classified as a "Transition Metal" which are located in Groups 3 - 12 of the Periodic Table. Elements classified as Transition Metals are generally described as ductile, malleable, and able to conduct electricity and heat. Nearly 75% of all the elements in the Periodic Table are classified as metals which are detailed in the List of Metals.
Facts about the History and the Discovery of the Rhodium Element
Rhodium was discovered by William Hyde Wollaston in England, 1803
History of the Periodic Table
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Occurrence of the Rhodium Element
Obtained as a by-product of Nickel production
Abundances of the element in different environments
% in Universe 6×10-8%
% in Sun 2×10-7%
% in Meteorites 0.000018%
% in Earth's Crust 7×10-8%
% in Oceans N/A
% in Humans N/A
Associated Uses of Rhodium
Alloying agent for hardening platinum and palladium
Coatings / plating
Electrodes for aircraft spark plugs
Oil of rhodium