POTASIO

Introducción

Número atómico: 19
Grupo: 1 or I A
Peso atomico: 39.0983
Período: 4
Número CAS: 7440-09-7

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

Discovered in 1807 by Davy, who obtained it from caustic potash (KOH); this was the first metal isolated by electrolysis. The metal is the seventh most abundant and makes up about 2.4% by weight of the earth’s crust. Most potassium minerals are insoluble and the metal is obtained from them only with great difficulty. Certain minerals, however, such as sylvite, carnallite, langbeinite, and polyhalite are found in ancient lake and sea beds and form rather extensive deposits from which potassium and its salts can readily be obtained. Potash is mined in Germany, New Mexico, California, Utah, and elsewhere. Large deposits of potash, found at a depth of some 1000 m in Saskatchewan, promise to be important in coming years. Potassium is also found in the ocean, but is present only in relatively small amounts, compared to sodium. The greatest demand for potash has been in its use for fertilizers. Potassium is an essential constituent for plant growth and it is found in most soils. Potassium is never found free in nature, but is obtained by electrolysis of the hydroxide, much in the same manner as prepared by Davy. Thermal methods also are commonly used to produce potassium (such as by reduction of potassium compounds with CaC2, C, Si, or Na). It is one of the most reactive and electropositive of metals. Except for lithium, it is the lightest known metal. It is soft, easily cut with a knife, and is silvery in appearance immediately after a fresh surface is exposed. It rapidly oxidizes in air and should be preserved in a mineral oil. As with other metals of the alkali group, it decomposes in water with the evolution of hydrogen. It catches fire spontaneously on water. Potassium and its salts impart a violet color to flames. Twenty one isotopes, one of which is an isomer, of potassium are known. Ordinary potassium is composed of three isotopes, one of which is potassium-40 (0.0117%), a radioactive isotope with a halflife of 1.28 X 10^9 years. The radioactivity presents no appreciable hazard. An alloy of sodium and potassium (NaK) is used as a heat-transfer medium. Many potassium salts are of utmost importance, including the hydroxide, nitrate, carbonate, chloride, chlorate, bromide, iodide, cyanide, sulfate, chromate, and dichromate. Metallic potassium is available commercially for about $650/kg (98% purity) or $10/g (99.95% purity). 1

• "Potassium-40 is important in the potassium-argon radioactive decay method of dating ancient objects." 2

Propiedades físicas

Punto de fusion:3*  63.5 °C = 336.65 K = 146.3 °F
Punto de ebullición:3* 759 °C = 1032.15 K = 1398.2 °F
Punto de sublimación:3 
Triple punto:3 
Punto crítico:3 1950 °C = 2223.15 K = 3542 °F 3
Densidad:4  0.89 g/cm3

* - at 1 atm

Configuración electronica

Configuración electronica: [Ar] 4s1
Bloquear: s
Ocupado más alto nivel de energía: 4
Electrones de valencia: 1

Números cuánticos:

n = 4
ℓ = 0
m = 0
ms = +½

Vinculación

electronegatividad (escala de Pauling):5 0.82
Electropositivity (escala de Pauling): 3.18
Afinidad electronica:6 0.50147 eV
estados de oxidación: +1
Función del trabajo:7 2.30 eV = 3.6846E-19 J

potencial de ionización   eV 8  kJ/mol  
1 4.34066    418.8
2 31.63    3051.8
3 45.806    4419.6
4 60.91    5876.9
5 82.66    7975.5
6 99.4    9590.6
potencial de ionización   eV 8  kJ/mol  
7 117.56    11342.8
8 154.88    14943.6
9 175.8174    16963.8
10 503.8    48609.3
11 564.7    54485.3
12 629.4    60727.9
potencial de ionización   eV 8  kJ/mol  
13 714.6    68948.4
14 786.6    75895.3
15 861.1    83083.5
16 968    93397.8
17 1033.4    99707.9
18 4610.8    444874.5
19 4934.046    476063.0

termoquímica

Calor especifico: 0.757 J/g°C 9 = 29.597 J/mol°C = 0.181 cal/g°C = 7.074 cal/mol°C
Conductividad térmica: 102.4 (W/m)/K, 27°C 10
Calor de fusión: 2.334 kJ/mol 11 = 59.7 J/g
Calor de vaporización: 79.87 kJ/mol 12 = 2042.8 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)
(s) 0 0 15.46 64.68464 0 0
(ℓ) 0.546 2.284464 17.08 71.46272 0.063 0.263592
(g) 21.3 89.1192 21.52 90.03968 14.5 60.668

isótopos

nucleido Masa 14 Media vida 14 spin nuclear 14 Energía de unión
32K 32.02192(54)# 1+# 223.86 MeV
33K 33.00726(21)# <25 ns (3/2+)# 244.97 MeV
34K 33.99841(32)# <40 ns 1+# 261.42 MeV
35K 34.988010(21) 178(8) ms 3/2+ 278.81 MeV
36K 35.981292(8) 342(2) ms 2+ 293.40 MeV
37K 36.97337589(10) 1.226(7) s 3/2+ 308.92 MeV
38K 37.9690812(5) 7.636(18) min 3+ 320.72 MeV
39K 38.96370668(20) ESTABLE 3/2+ 334.38 MeV
40K 39.96399848(21) 1.248(3)E+9 a 4- 342.45 MeV
41K 40.96182576(21) ESTABLE 3/2+ 352.39 MeV
42K 41.96240281(24) 12.360(12) h 2- 359.53 MeV
43K 42.960716(10) 22.3(1) h 3/2+ 369.46 MeV
44K 43.96156(4) 22.13(19) min 2- 376.60 MeV
45K 44.960699(11) 17.3(6) min 3/2+ 385.60 MeV
46K 45.961977(17) 105(10) s 2(-) 392.74 MeV
47K 46.961678(9) 17.50(24) s 1/2+ 400.82 MeV
48K 47.965514(26) 6.8(2) s (2-) 405.16 MeV
49K 48.96745(8) 1.26(5) s (3/2+) 411.37 MeV
50K 49.97278(30) 472(4) ms (0-,1,2-) 414.78 MeV
51K 50.97638(54)# 365(5) ms 3/2+# 419.13 MeV
52K 51.98261(75)# 105(5) ms (2-)# 421.61 MeV
53K 52.98712(75)# 30(5) ms (3/2+)# 425.02 MeV
54K 53.99420(97)# 10(5) ms 2-# 426.57 MeV
55K 54.99971(107)# 3# ms 3/2+# 429.99 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: halide salts or brines 15
Tierra - Agua de mar: 399 mg/L 16
Tierra -  Corteza:  20900 mg/kg = 2.09% 16
Tierra -  Manto:  0.2% 17
Tierra -  litosfera:  1.84% 18
Tierra -  Hidrosfera:  0.04% 18
Tierra -  Total:  135 ppm 19
Planeta mercurio) -  Total:  22 ppm 19
Venus -  Total:  150 ppm 19
condritas - Total: 3500 (relative to 106 atoms of Si) 20
Cuerpo humano - Total: 0.2% 21

Compuestos

Información de seguridad


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