MERCURIO

Introducción

Número atómico: 80
Grupo: 12 or II B
Peso atomico: 200.59
Período: 6
Número CAS: 7439-97-6

Clasificación

chalcogen
halógeno
Gas noble
Lantanoides
Actinoides
Elemento de tierras raras
Platino Metal Group
transuranium
No hay isótopos estables
Sólido
Líquido
Gas
Sólido (Predicho)

Descripción • Usos / Función

Known to ancient Chinese and Hindus; found in Egyptian tombs of 1500 B.C. Mercury is the only common metal liquid at ordinarytemperatures. It only rarely occurs free in nature. The chief ore is cinnabar (HgS). Spain and Italy produce about 50% of the world’s supply of themetal. The commercial unit for handling mercury is the “flask,” which weighs 76 lb (34.46 kg) and is priced at about $250. The metal is obtained byheating cinnabar in a current of air and by condensing the vapor. It is a heavy, silvery-white metal; a rather poor conductor of heat, as compared withother metals, and a fair conductor of electricity. It easily forms alloys with many metals, such as gold, silver, and tin, which are called amalgams. Itsease in amalgamating with gold is made use of in the recovery of gold from its ores. The metal is widely used in laboratory work for makingthermometers, barometers, diffusion pumps, and many other instruments. It is used in making mercury-vapor lamps and advertising signs, etc. andis used in mercury switches and other electrical apparatus. Other uses are in making pesticides, mercury cells for caustic soda and chlorine production,dental preparations, antifouling paint, batteries, and catalysts. The most important salts are mercuric chloride HgCl2 (corrosive sublimate — a violentpoison), mercurous chloride Hg2Cl2 (calomel, occasionally still used in medicine), mercury fulminate (Hg(ONC)2), a detonator widely used inexplosives, and mercuric sulfide (HgS, vermillion, a high-grade paint pigment). Organic mercury compounds are important. It has been found thatan electrical discharge causes mercury vapor to combine with neon, argon, krypton, and xenon. These products, held together with van der Waals’forces, correspond to HgNe, HgAr, HgKr, and HgXe. Mercury is a virulent poison and is readily absorbed through the respiratory tract, thegastrointestinal tract, or through unbroken skin. It acts as a cumulative poison and dangerous levels are readily attained in air. Air saturated with mercuryvapor at 20°C contains a concentration that exceeds the toxic limit many times. The danger increases at higher temperatures. It is therefore importantthat mercury be handled with care. Containers of mercury should be securely covered and spillage should be avoided. If it is necessary to heat mercuryor mercury compounds, it should be done in a well-ventilated hood. Methyl mercury is a dangerous pollutant and is now widely found in water andstreams. The triple point of mercury, –38.8344°C, is a fixed point on the International Temperature Scale (ITS-90). Native mercury contains sevenisotopes. Thirty five other isotopes and isomers are known. 1

• "The fact that mercury is a liquid at ordinary temperatures, with a low freezing point of -39°C and regularity of its expansion by heat makes it useful in thermometers. Its density, 13.6 makes it useful in barometers." 2

Propiedades físicas

Punto de fusion:3
Punto de ebullición:3* 356.73 °C = 629.88 K = 674.114 °F
Punto de sublimación:3 
Triple punto:3 -38.837 °C = 234.313 K = -37.9066 °F
Punto crítico:3 1477 °C = 1750.15 K = 2690.6 °F 3
Densidad:4  13.5336 g/cm3

* - at 1 atm

Configuración electronica

Configuración electronica: [Xe] 6s2 4f14 5d10
Bloquear: d
Ocupado más alto nivel de energía: 6
Electrones de valencia: 

Números cuánticos:

n = 5
ℓ = 2
m = 2
ms = -½

Vinculación

electronegatividad (escala de Pauling):5 1.9
Electropositivity (escala de Pauling): 2.1
Afinidad electronica:6 not stable eV
estados de oxidación: +2,1
Función del trabajo:7 4.50 eV = 7.209E-19 J

potencial de ionización   eV 8  kJ/mol  
1 10.4375    1007.1
potencial de ionización   eV 8  kJ/mol  
2 18.756    1809.7
potencial de ionización   eV 8  kJ/mol  
3 34.2    3299.8

termoquímica

Calor especifico: 0.140 J/g°C 9 = 28.083 J/mol°C = 0.033 cal/g°C = 6.712 cal/mol°C
Conductividad térmica: 8.34 (W/m)/K, 27°C 10
Calor de fusión: 2.295 kJ/mol 11 = 11.4 J/g
Calor de vaporización: 59.229 kJ/mol 12 = 295.3 J/g
Estado de la materia Entalpía de formación (ΔHf°)13 entropía (S°)13 Energía libre de Gibbs (ΔGf°)13
(kcal/mol) (kJ/mol) (cal/K) (J/K) (kcal/mol) (kJ/mol)
(ℓ) 0 0 18.17 76.02328 0 0
(g) 14.655 61.31652 41.79 174.84936 7.613 31.852792

isótopos

nucleido Masa 14 Media vida 14 spin nuclear 14 Energía de unión
171Hg 171.00376(32)# 80(30) μs [59(+36-16) μs] 3/2-# 1,317.61 MeV
172Hg 171.99883(22) 420(240) μs [0.25(+35-9) ms] 0 1,334.99 MeV
173Hg 172.99724(22)# 1.1(4) ms [0.6(+5-2) ms] 3/2-# 1,343.06 MeV
174Hg 173.992864(21) 2.0(4) ms [2.1(+18-7) ms] 0+ 1,351.13 MeV
175Hg 174.99142(11) 10.8(4) ms 5/2-# 1,359.21 MeV
176Hg 175.987355(15) 20.4(15) ms 0+ 1,376.59 MeV
177Hg 176.98628(8) 127.3(18) ms 5/2-# 1,384.66 MeV
178Hg 177.982483(14) 0.269(3) s 0+ 1,392.73 MeV
179Hg 178.981834(29) 1.09(4) s 5/2-# 1,400.81 MeV
180Hg 179.978266(15) 2.58(1) s 0+ 1,418.19 MeV
181Hg 180.977819(17) 3.6(1) s 1/2(-) 1,426.26 MeV
182Hg 181.97469(1) 10.83(6) s 0+ 1,434.33 MeV
183Hg 182.974450(9) 9.4(7) s 1/2- 1,442.41 MeV
184Hg 183.971713(11) 30.6(3) s 0+ 1,450.48 MeV
185Hg 184.971899(17) 49.1(10) s 1/2- 1,458.55 MeV
186Hg 185.969362(12) 1.38(6) min 0+ 1,475.93 MeV
187Hg 186.969814(15) 1.9(3) min 3/2- 1,484.01 MeV
188Hg 187.967577(12) 3.25(15) min 0+ 1,492.08 MeV
189Hg 188.96819(4) 7.6(1) min 3/2- 1,500.15 MeV
190Hg 189.966322(17) 20.0(5) min 0+ 1,508.22 MeV
191Hg 190.967157(24) 49(10) min 3/2(-) 1,516.29 MeV
192Hg 191.965634(17) 4.85(20) h 0+ 1,524.36 MeV
193Hg 192.966665(17) 3.80(15) h 3/2- 1,532.43 MeV
194Hg 193.965439(13) 444(77) a 0+ 1,540.51 MeV
195Hg 194.966720(25) 10.53(3) h 1/2- 1,548.58 MeV
196Hg 195.965833(3) ESTABLE 0+ 1,556.65 MeV
197Hg 196.967213(3) 64.14(5) h 1/2- 1,564.72 MeV
198Hg 197.9667690(4) ESTABLE 0+ 1,572.79 MeV
199Hg 198.9682799(4) ESTABLE 1/2- 1,580.86 MeV
200Hg 199.9683260(4) ESTABLE 0+ 1,588.93 MeV
201Hg 200.9703023(6) ESTABLE 3/2- 1,587.69 MeV
202Hg 201.9706430(6) ESTABLE 0+ 1,595.76 MeV
203Hg 202.9728725(18) 46.595(6) d 5/2- 1,603.83 MeV
204Hg 203.9734939(4) ESTABLE 0+ 1,611.90 MeV
205Hg 204.976073(4) 5.14(9) min 1/2- 1,619.97 MeV
206Hg 205.977514(22) 8.15(10) min 0+ 1,628.05 MeV
207Hg 206.98259(16) 2.9(2) min (9/2+) 1,626.80 MeV
208Hg 207.98594(32)# 42(5) min [41(+5-4) min] 0+ 1,634.87 MeV
209Hg 208.99104(21)# 37(8) s 9/2+# 1,633.63 MeV
210Hg 209.99451(32)# 10# min [>300 ns] 0+ 1,641.70 MeV
Los valores marcados con # no son puramente derivan de los datos experimentales, pero al menos en parte, de las tendencias sistemáticas. Hace girar con débiles argumentos de asignación se incluyen entre paréntesis. 14

reacciones

Abundancia

Tierra - Los compuestos de origen: sulfides 17
Tierra - Agua de mar: 0.00003 mg/L 18
Tierra -  Corteza:  0.085 mg/kg = 0.0000085% 18
Tierra -  Total:  7.9 ppb 19
Planeta mercurio) -  Total:  0.09 ppb 19
Venus -  Total:  8.3 ppb 19
condritas - Total: 0.10 (relative to 106 atoms of Si) 20

Compuestos

Información de seguridad


Ficha de datos de seguridad de materiales - ACI Alloys, Inc.

Para más información

Enlaces externos:

revistas:
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