Cadmium

48
Cd
112.411(8)

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Cadmium is used in rechargeable batteries.

Properties

Symbol Name Atomic Number Atomic Weight Group Number
Cd Cadmium 48 112.411(8) 12

Description

Standard State: solid at 298 K
Color: silvery gray metallic

Stromeyer discovered Cadmium in 1817 from an impurity in zinc carbonate. It is a soft, bluish-white metal that can be easily cut with a knife. Exposure to cadmium dust should be limited because it is seriously toxic.