The most reactive member of the lanthanide group of elements. Europium is a ductile silvery metal which reacts rapidly with air and water. As a result of its reactive nature, the metal has limited applications, but some is used in the manufacture of thin-film superconductor alloys. Europium is also used as control rod material in nuclear reactors due to its ability to absorb neutrons.
- E.A. Demarc¸ay in 1901 in Paris, France.
- 2.1 ppm in the Earth’s crust.
|Atomic / Molecular Weight||151.96||gmol-1||Clip|
|Specific heat capacity||138||Jkg-1K-1||Clip|
See also: Periodic Table.