LUTETIUM

Introduction

Atomic Number: 71
Group: None
Atomic Weight: 174.967
Period: 6
CAS Number: 7439-94-3

Classification

Chalcogen
Halogen
Noble Gas
Lanthanoid
Actinoid
Rare Earth Element
Platinum Group Metal
Transuranium
No Stable Isotopes
Solid
Liquid
Gas
Solid (Predicted)

Description • Uses/Function

In 1907, Urbain described a process by which Marignac’s ytterbium (1879) could be separated into thetwo elements, ytterbium (neoytterbium)and lutetium. These elements were identical with “aldebaranium” and “cassiopeium,” independentlydiscovered by von Welsbach about the same time. Charles James of the University of New Hampshire also independently prepared the very pure oxide,lutecia, at this time. The spelling of the element was changed from lutecium to lutetium in 1949. Lutetium occurs in very small amounts in nearly allminerals containing yttrium, and is present in monazite to the extent of about 0.003%, which is a commercial source. The pure metal has been isolatedonly in recent years and is one of the most difficult to prepare. It can be prepared by the reduction of anhydrous LuCl3 or Luf3 by an alkali or alkalineearth metal. The metal is silvery white and relatively stable in air. While new techniques, including ion-exchange reactions, have been developed toseparate the various rare-earth elements, lutetium is still the most costly of all rare earths. It is priced at about $100/g. Lutetium-176 occurs naturally (97.41%)with lutetium-175 (2.59%), which is radioactive with a very long half-life. It is radioactive with a half-life of about 4 X 10^10 years. Lutetium has 49 isotopesand isomers that are now recognized. Stable lutetium nuclides, which emit pure beta radiation after thermal neutron activation, can be used as catalystsin cracking, alkylation, hydrogenation, and polymerization. Virtually no other commercial uses have been found yet for lutetium. While lutetium, likeother rare-earth metals, is thought to have a low toxicity rating, it should be handled with care until more information is available. 1

• "is in PET scanners." 2

Physical Properties

Melting Point:3*  1663 °C = 1936.15 K = 3025.4 °F
Boiling Point:3* 3402 °C = 3675.15 K = 6155.6 °F
Sublimation Point:3 
Triple Point:3 
Critical Point:3 
Density:4  9.84 g/cm3

* - at 1 atm

Electron Configuration

Electron Configuration:  *[Xe] 6s2 4f14 5d1
Block: f
Highest Occupied Energy Level: 6
Valence Electrons: 2

Quantum Numbers:

n = 5
ℓ = 2
m = -2
ms = +½

Bonding

Electronegativity (Pauling scale):5 1.0
Electropositivity (Pauling scale): 3

Ionization Potential   eV 6  kJ/mol  
1 5.4259    523.5
Ionization Potential   eV 6  kJ/mol  
2 13.9    1341.1
3 20.9594    2022.3
Ionization Potential   eV 6  kJ/mol  
4 45.25    4366.0
5 66.8    6445.2

Thermochemistry

Specific Heat: 0.154 J/g°C 7 = 26.945 J/mol°C = 0.037 cal/g°C = 6.440 cal/mol°C
Thermal Conductivity: 16.4 (W/m)/K, 27°C 8
Heat of Fusion: 18.6 kJ/mol 9 = 106.3 J/g
Heat of Vaporization: 355.9 kJ/mol 10 = 2034.1 J/g
State of Matter Enthalpy of Formation (ΔHf°)11 Entropy (S°)11 Gibbs Free Energy (ΔGf°)11
(kcal/mol) (kJ/mol) (cal/K) (J/K) (kcal/mol) (kJ/mol)
(s) 0 0 12.18 50.96112 0 0
(g) 102.2 427.6048 44.14 184.68176 96.7 404.5928

Isotopes

Nuclide Mass 12 Half-Life 12 Nuclear Spin 12 Binding Energy
150Lu 149.97323(54)# 43(5) ms (2+) 1,183.09 MeV
151Lu 150.96758(43)# 80.6(19) ms (11/2-) 1,200.48 MeV
152Lu 151.96412(21)# 650(70) ms (5-,6-) 1,208.55 MeV
153Lu 152.95877(22) 0.9(2) s 11/2- 1,225.94 MeV
154Lu 153.95752(22)# 1# s (2-) 1,234.01 MeV
155Lu 154.954316(22) 68.6(16) ms (11/2-) 1,242.08 MeV
156Lu 155.95303(8) 494(12) ms (2)- 1,250.15 MeV
157Lu 156.950098(20) 6.8(18) s (1/2+,3/2+) 1,258.22 MeV
158Lu 157.949313(16) 10.6(3) s 2- 1,275.61 MeV
159Lu 158.94663(4) 12.1(10) s 1/2+# 1,283.68 MeV
160Lu 159.94603(6) 36.1(3) s 2-# 1,291.75 MeV
161Lu 160.94357(3) 77(2) s 1/2+ 1,299.82 MeV
162Lu 161.94328(8) 1.37(2) min (1-) 1,307.89 MeV
163Lu 162.94118(3) 3.97(13) min 1/2(+) 1,315.97 MeV
164Lu 163.94134(3) 3.14(3) min 1(-) 1,324.04 MeV
165Lu 164.939407(28) 10.74(10) min 1/2+ 1,341.42 MeV
166Lu 165.93986(3) 2.65(10) min (6-) 1,349.49 MeV
167Lu 166.93827(3) 51.5(10) min 7/2+ 1,357.57 MeV
168Lu 167.93874(5) 5.5(1) min (6-) 1,365.64 MeV
169Lu 168.937651(6) 34.06(5) h 7/2+ 1,373.71 MeV
170Lu 169.938475(18) 2.012(20) d 0+ 1,381.78 MeV
171Lu 170.9379131(30) 8.24(3) d 7/2+ 1,389.85 MeV
172Lu 171.939086(3) 6.70(3) d 4- 1,397.92 MeV
173Lu 172.9389306(26) 1.37(1) a 7/2+ 1,405.99 MeV
174Lu 173.9403375(26) 3.31(5) a (1)- 1,404.75 MeV
175Lu 174.9407718(23) STABLE 7/2+ 1,412.82 MeV
176Lu 175.9426863(23) 38.5(7)E+9 a 7- 1,420.89 MeV
177Lu 176.9437581(23) 6.6475(20) d 7/2+ 1,428.96 MeV
178Lu 177.945955(3) 28.4(2) min 1(+) 1,437.04 MeV
179Lu 178.947327(6) 4.59(6) h 7/2(+) 1,445.11 MeV
180Lu 179.94988(8) 5.7(1) min 5+ 1,453.18 MeV
181Lu 180.95197(32)# 3.5(3) min (7/2+) 1,451.93 MeV
182Lu 181.95504(21)# 2.0(2) min (0,1,2) 1,460.01 MeV
183Lu 182.95757(32)# 58(4) s (7/2+) 1,468.08 MeV
184Lu 183.96091(43)# 20(3) s (3+) 1,466.83 MeV
Values marked # are not purely derived from experimental data, but at least partly from systematic trends. Spins with weak assignment arguments are enclosed in parentheses. 12

Abundance

Earth - Source Compounds: phosphates 13
Earth - Seawater: 0.00000015 mg/L 14
Earth -  Crust:  0.8 mg/kg = 0.00008% 14
Earth -  Total:  386 ppb 15
Mercury -  Total:  297 ppb 15
Venus -  Total:  405 ppb 15
Chondrites - Total: 0.031 (relative to 106 atoms of Si) 16

Compounds

Safety Information


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For More Information

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