LITIO

Introducción

Número atómico: 3
Grupo: 1 or I A
Peso atomico: 6.941
Período: 2
Número CAS: 7439-93-2

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 by Arfvedson in 1817. Lithium is the lightest of all metals, with a density only about half that of water. It does not occur free in nature; combined it is found in small amounts in nearly all igneous rocks and in the waters of many mineral springs. Lepidolite, spodumene, petalite, and amblygonite are the more important minerals containing it. Lithium is presently being recovered from brines of Searles Lake, in California, and from Nevada, Chile, and Argentina. Large deposits of spodumene are found in North Carolina. The metal is produced electrolytically from the fused chloride. Lithium is silvery in appearance, much like Na and K, other members of the alkali metal series. It reacts with water, but not as vigorously as sodium. Lithium imparts a beautiful crimson color to a flame, but when the metal burns strongly the flame is a dazzling white. Since World War II, the production of lithium metal and its compounds has increased greatly. Because the metal has the highest specific heat of any solid element, it has found use in heat transfer applications; however, it is corrosive and requires special handling. The metal has been used as an alloying agent, is of interest in synthesis of organic compounds, and has nuclear applications. It ranks as a leading contender as a battery anode material as it has a high electrochemical potential. Lithium is used in special glasses and ceramics. The glass for the 200-inch telescope at Mt. Palomar contains lithium as a minor ingredient. Lithium chloride is one of the most hygroscopic materials known, and it, as well as lithium bromide, is used in air conditioning and industrial drying systems. Lithium stearate is used as an all-purpose and high-temperature lubricant. Other lithium compounds are used in dry cells and storage batteries. Seven isotopes of lithium are recognized. Natural lithium contains two isotopes. The metal is priced at about $500/kg (99.9%). 1

• "It is used as a heat transfer medium in experimental nuclear reactors. Extremely light lithium-aluminum alloys are used in aircraft construction. Lithium compounds are used in some lightweight dry cells and storage batteries because they have very long lives, even in extreme temperatures...Lithium compounds are used for the treatment of some types of mental disorders (mainly manic depression)." 2

Propiedades físicas

Punto de fusion:3*  180.50 °C = 453.65 K = 356.9 °F
Punto de ebullición:3* 1342 °C = 1615.15 K = 2447.6 °F
Punto de sublimación:3 
Triple punto:3 
Punto crítico:3 2950 °C = 3223.15 K = 5342 °F 3
Densidad:4  0.534 g/cm3

* - at 1 atm

Configuración electronica

Configuración electronica: [He] 2s1
Bloquear: s
Ocupado más alto nivel de energía: 2
Electrones de valencia: 1

Números cuánticos:

n = 2
ℓ = 0
m = 0
ms = +½

Vinculación

electronegatividad (escala de Pauling):5 0.98
Electropositivity (escala de Pauling): 3.02
Afinidad electronica:6 0.618049 eV
estados de oxidación: +1
Función del trabajo:7 3.10 eV = 4.9662E-19 J

potencial de ionización   eV 8  kJ/mol  
1 5.39172    520.2
potencial de ionización   eV 8  kJ/mol  
2 75.64018    7298.2
potencial de ionización   eV 8  kJ/mol  
3 122.45429    11815.0

termoquímica

Calor especifico: 3.582 J/g°C 9 = 24.863 J/mol°C = 0.856 cal/g°C = 5.942 cal/mol°C
Conductividad térmica: 84.7 (W/m)/K, 27°C 10
Calor de fusión: 3 kJ/mol 11 = 432.2 J/g
Calor de vaporización: 145.92 kJ/mol 12 = 21022.9 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 29.1 121.7544 0 0
(ℓ) 0.569 2.380696 8.11 33.93224 0.223 0.933032
(g) 38.4 160.6656 33.14 138.65776 30.6 128.0304

isótopos

nucleido Masa 14 Media vida 14 spin nuclear 14 Energía de unión
10Li 10.035481(16) 2(5)E-21 s [1.2(3) MeV] (1-,2-) 45.76 MeV
11Li 11.043798(21) 8.75(14) ms 3/2- 46.38 MeV
12Li 12.053779(107)# <10 ns 45.14 MeV
4Li 4.02719(23) 91(9)E-24 s [6.3 MeV] 2- 4.69 MeV
5Li 5.01254(5) 370(30)E-24 s [~1.5 MeV] 3/2- 26.37 MeV
6Li 6.015122795(16) ESTABLE 1+ 32.02 MeV
7Li 7.01600455(8) ESTABLE 3/2- 39.25 MeV
8Li 8.022487359(10) 840.3(9) ms 2+ 41.36 MeV
9Li 9.026789499(21) 178.3(4) ms 3/2- 45.42 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: silicates 18
Tierra - Agua de mar: 0.18 mg/L 19
Tierra -  Corteza:  20 mg/kg = 0.002% 19
Tierra -  Total:  1.85 ppm 20
Planeta mercurio) -  Total:  0.87 ppm 20
Venus -  Total:  1.94 ppm 20
condritas - Total: ~50 (relative to 106 atoms of Si) 21

Compuestos

Información de seguridad

NFPA 704 Ratings:
Health: 3 - Short exposure could cause serious temporary or moderate residual injury.
Flammability: 0 - Will not burn.
Reactivity: 2 - Undergoes violent chemical change at elevated temperatures and pressures, reacts violently with water, or may form explosive mixtures with water.
Special Hazard: W - Reacts with water in an unusual or dangerous manner.

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

Para más información

Enlaces externos:

revistas:
(1) Moyer, Michael. How Much is Left?. Scientific American, September 2010, pp 74-81.
(2) Fischetti, Mark. Charge Under Control. Scientific American, August 2010, pp 26-27.

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