|Name, Symbol, Number||Indium, In, 49|
|Chemical series||True metals|
|Group, Period, Block||13 (IIIA), 5 , p|
|Density, Hardness||7310 kg/m3, 1.2|
|Appearance||silvery lustrous gray|
|Atomic weight||114.818 amu|
|Atomic radius (calc.)||155 (156) pm|
|Covalent radius||144 pm|
|van der Waals radius||193 pm|
|Electron configuration||[Kr]44d10 5s2 5p1|
|e- 's per energy level||2, 8, 18, 18, 3|
|Oxidation states (Oxide)||3 (amphoteric)|
|State of matter||solid|
|Melting point||429.75 K (313.88 °F)|
|Boiling point||2345 K (3762 °F)|
|Molar volume||15.76 ×1010-3 m3/mol|
|Heat of vaporization||231.5 kJ/mol|
|Heat of fusion||3.263 kJ/mol|
|Vapor pressure||1.42 E-17 Pa at 429 K|
|Speed of sound||1215 m/s at 293.15 K|
|Electronegativity||1.78 (Pauling scale)|
|Specific heat capacity||233 J/(kg*K)|
|Electrical conductivity||11.6 106/m ohm|
|Thermal conductivity||81.6 W/(m*K)|
|1st ionization potential||558.3 kJ/mol|
|2nd ionization potential||1820.7 kJ/mol|
|3rd ionization potential||2704 kJ/mol|
|4th ionization potential||5210 kJ/mol|
|Most Stable Isotopes|
|SI units & STP are used except where noted.|
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Indium is a very soft, silvery-white true metal that has a bright luster. As a pure metal indium emits a high-pitched "cry" when it is bent. Both gallium and indium are able to wet glass.
The first large-scale application for indium was as a coating for bearingss in high-performance aircraft engines during World War II. Afterwards, production gradually increased as new uses were found in fusible alloys, solders, and electronics. In the middle and late 1980s, the development of indium phosphide semiconductors and indium-tin-oxide thin films for liquid crystal displays (LCD) aroused much interest. By 1992, the thin-film application had become the largest end use. Other uses;
- Used in the manufacture of low-melting alloys. An alloy consisting of 24% indium and 76% gallium is liquid at room temperature.
- Used to make photoconductors, germanium transistors, rectifiers, and thermistors.
- Can also be plated onto metals and evaporated onto glass which forms a mirror which is as good as those made with silver but has higher corrosion resistance.
- Its oxide is used in the making of electroluminescent panels.
HistoryIndium (named after the indigo line in its atomic spectrum) was discovered by Ferdinand Reich and Theodore Richter in 1863 while they were testing zinc ores with a spectrograph in search of thallium. Richter went on to isolate the metal in 1867.
OccurrenceIndium is produced mainly from residues generated during zinc ore processing but is also found in iron, lead, and copper ores. The amount of indium consumed is largely a function of worldwide LCD production. Increased manufacturing efficiency and recycling (especially in Japan) maintain a balance between demand and supply. The average indium price for 2000 was US$188188 per kilogram.
Up until 1924, there was only about a gram of isolated indium on the planet. The Earth is estimated to contain abou 0.1 ppm of indium which means it is about as abundant as silver. Canada is a leading producer of indium, producing more than 1,000,000 troy ounces in 1997.
There is some unconfirmed evidence that suggests that indium has a low level of toxicity. However in the welding and semiconductor industries, where indium exposure is relatively high, there have been no reports of any toxic side-effects.