Periodicity of Melting Points

  • DOI: 10.1002/chemv.201300138
  • Author: ChemViews
  • Published Date: 04 February 2014
  • Source / Publisher: World of the Elements/Wiley-VCH
  • Copyright: Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, Germany
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The melting point is not an atomic property, it is a purely physical property. It is determined by the relationships in the crystal lattice. Therefore, the maxima and minima do not coincide with the beginning or end of a period as is the case with the atomic radii and ionization energies.

The graph shows that there are no more solid substances in the universe at temperatures above 3600 °C — only smelts, gases, and plasmas.

Periodicity of Melting Points

Taken from the book:

World of the Elements, Elements of the World
Hans-Jürgen Quadbeck-Seeger
Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co, KGaA, Weinheim, 2007
Print ISBN: 9783527320653, Online ISBN: 9783527611577
DOI: 10.1002/9783527611577

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