Ytterbium is a soft, silvery-white metal of the lanthanide group. The metal is soft and malleable, oxidises slowly in air and reacts with water. Applications of the metal are limited, research being the principal area of its use as well as in special alloys for X-ray sources.
- 1878 by J.C.G. de Marignac in Geneva, Switzerland.
- It has an abundance of 3.3 ppm in the earth’s crust and is always found in combination with other lanthanides.
|Atomic / Molecular Weight||173.04||gmol-1||Clip|
|Crystal Structure||fcc / bcc at 1071K||Clip|
|Specific heat capacity||146||Jkg-1K-1||Clip|
See also: Periodic Table.