PRASEODYMIUM

Introduction

Atomic Number: 59
Group: None
Atomic Weight: 140.90765
Period: 6
CAS Number: 7440-10-0

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 1841 Mosander extracted the rare earth didymia from lanthana; in 1879, Lecoq de Boisbaudran isolated a new earth, samaria, from didymiaobtained from the mineral samarskite. Six years later, in 1885, von Welsbach separated didymia into two others, praseodymia and neodymia, whichgave salts of different colors. As with other rare earths, compounds of these elements in solution have distinctive sharp spectral absorption bands orlines, some of which are only a few Angstroms wide. The element occurs along with other rare-earth elements in a variety of minerals. Monazite andbastnasite are the two principal commercial sources of the rare-earth metals. Ion-exchange and solvent extraction techniques have led to much easierisolation of the rare earths and the cost has dropped greatly in the past few years. Thirty six isotopes and isomers are now recognized. Praseodymiumcan be prepared by several methods, such as by calcium reduction of the anhydrous chloride of fluoride. Misch metal, used in making cigarette lighters,contains about 5% praseodymium metal. Praseodymium is soft, silvery, malleable, and ductile. It was prepared in relatively pure form in 1931. It issomewhat more resistant to corrosion in air than europium, lanthanum, cerium, or neodymium, but it does develop a green oxide coating that spallsoff when exposed to air. As with other rare-earth metals it should be kept under a light mineral oil or sealed in plastic. The rare-earth oxides, includingPr2O3, are among the most refractory substances known. Along with other rare earths, it is widely used as a core material for carbon arcs used by themotion picture industry for studio lighting and projection. Salts of praseodymium are used to color glasses and enamels; when mixed with certain othermaterials, praseodymium produces an intense and unusually clean yellow color in glass. Didymium glass, of which praseodymium is a component,is a colorant for welder’s goggles. The metal (99.9% pure) is priced at about $2/g. 1

• "tint[s] sunglasses." 2

Physical Properties

Melting Point:3*  931 °C = 1204.15 K = 1707.8 °F
Boiling Point:3* 3520 °C = 3793.15 K = 6368 °F
Sublimation Point:3 
Triple Point:3 
Critical Point:3 
Density:4  6.77 g/cm3

* - at 1 atm

Electron Configuration

Electron Configuration:  *[Xe] 6s2 4f3
Block: f
Highest Occupied Energy Level: 6
Valence Electrons: 2

Quantum Numbers:

n = 4
ℓ = 3
m = -1
ms = +½

Bonding

Electronegativity (Pauling scale):5 1.13
Electropositivity (Pauling scale): 2.87
Work Function:6 2.7 eV = 4.3254E-19 J

Ionization Potential   eV 7  kJ/mol  
1 5.473    528.1
Ionization Potential   eV 7  kJ/mol  
2 10.55    1017.9
3 21.624    2086.4
Ionization Potential   eV 7  kJ/mol  
4 38.98    3761.0
5 57.53    5550.8

Thermochemistry

Specific Heat: 0.193 J/g°C 8 = 27.195 J/mol°C = 0.046 cal/g°C = 6.500 cal/mol°C
Thermal Conductivity: 12.5 (W/m)/K, 27°C 9
Heat of Fusion: 6.89 kJ/mol 10 = 48.9 J/g
Heat of Vaporization: 296.8 kJ/mol 11 = 2106.3 J/g
State of Matter Enthalpy of Formation (ΔHf°)12 Entropy (S°)12 Gibbs Free Energy (ΔGf°)12
(kcal/mol) (kJ/mol) (cal/K) (J/K) (kcal/mol) (kJ/mol)
(s) 0 0 17.5 73.22 0 0
(g) 85.0 355.64 45.34 189.70256 76.7 320.9128

Isotopes

Nuclide Mass 13 Half-Life 13 Nuclear Spin 13 Binding Energy
121Pr 120.95536(75)# 600(300) ms (3/2-) 977.04 MeV
122Pr 121.95181(54)# 500# ms 985.12 MeV
123Pr 122.94596(64)# 800# ms 3/2+# 1,002.50 MeV
124Pr 123.94296(64)# 1.2(2) s 1,010.57 MeV
125Pr 124.93783(43)# 3.3(7) s 3/2+# 1,027.96 MeV
126Pr 125.93531(21)# 3.12(18) s (4,5,6) 1,036.03 MeV
127Pr 126.93083(21)# 4.2(3) s 3/2+# 1,044.10 MeV
128Pr 127.92879(3) 2.84(9) s (3+) 1,061.49 MeV
129Pr 128.92510(3) 32(3) s (11/2-) 1,069.56 MeV
130Pr 129.92359(7) 40.0(4) s (6,7)(+#) 1,077.63 MeV
131Pr 130.92026(6) 1.50(3) min (3/2+) 1,085.70 MeV
132Pr 131.91926(6) 1.49(11) min (2+) 1,103.09 MeV
133Pr 132.916331(13) 6.5(3) min (3/2+) 1,111.16 MeV
134Pr 133.91571(4) ~11 min (5-) 1,119.23 MeV
135Pr 134.913112(13) 24(2) min 3/2(+) 1,127.30 MeV
136Pr 135.912692(13) 13.1(1) min 2+ 1,135.37 MeV
137Pr 136.910705(13) 1.28(3) h 5/2+ 1,143.44 MeV
138Pr 137.910755(15) 1.45(5) min 1+ 1,151.52 MeV
139Pr 138.908938(8) 4.41(4) h 5/2+ 1,168.90 MeV
140Pr 139.909076(7) 3.39(1) min 1+ 1,176.97 MeV
141Pr 140.9076528(26) STABLE 5/2+ 1,185.04 MeV
142Pr 141.9100448(26) 19.12(4) h 2- 1,183.80 MeV
143Pr 142.9108169(28) 13.57(2) d 7/2+ 1,191.87 MeV
144Pr 143.913305(4) 17.28(5) min 0- 1,199.94 MeV
145Pr 144.914512(8) 5.984(10) h 7/2+ 1,208.02 MeV
146Pr 145.91764(7) 24.15(18) min (2)- 1,216.09 MeV
147Pr 146.918996(25) 13.4(4) min (3/2+) 1,224.16 MeV
148Pr 147.922135(28) 2.29(2) min 1- 1,222.91 MeV
149Pr 148.92372(9) 2.26(7) min (5/2+) 1,230.99 MeV
150Pr 149.926673(28) 6.19(16) s (1)- 1,239.06 MeV
151Pr 150.928319(25) 18.90(7) s (3/2)(-#) 1,247.13 MeV
152Pr 151.93150(13) 3.63(12) s 4+ 1,245.88 MeV
153Pr 152.93384(11) 4.28(11) s 5/2-# 1,253.96 MeV
154Pr 153.93752(16) 2.3(1) s (3+,2+) 1,262.03 MeV
155Pr 154.94012(32)# 1# s [>300 ns] 5/2-# 1,260.78 MeV
156Pr 155.94427(43)# 500# ms [>300 ns] 1,268.85 MeV
157Pr 156.94743(43)# 300# ms 5/2-# 1,276.93 MeV
158Pr 157.95198(64)# 200# ms 1,275.68 MeV
159Pr 158.95550(75)# 100# ms 5/2-# 1,283.75 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. 13

Abundance

Earth - Source Compounds: phosphates 14
Earth - Seawater: 0.00000064 mg/L 15
Earth -  Crust:  9.2 mg/kg = 0.00092% 15
Earth -  Total:  129 ppb 16
Mercury -  Total:  99 ppb 16
Venus -  Total:  135 ppb 16
Chondrites - Total: 0.14 (relative to 106 atoms of Si) 17

Compounds

Safety Information


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For More Information

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