Symbol Sm
Atomic Number 62
Atomic Mass 150.36 g.mol -1
Discovered by Paul-Émile Lecoq de Boisbaudran in 1879

Chemical Properties of Samarium

Group Lanthanides Melting point 1072°C, 1962°F, 1345 K
Period 6 Boiling point 1794°C, 3261°F, 2067 K
Block f Density (g cm-3) 7.52
Atomic number 62 Relative atomic mass 150.36
State at 20°C Solid Key isotopes 152Sm
Electron configuration [Xe] 4f6s2 CAS number 7440-19-9
ChemSpider ID  22391 ChemSpider is a free chemical structure database.

What is Samarium?

  • Samarium is a chemical element with atomic number 62 and is represented by the symbol Sm in the Periodic Table.
  •  It was discovered by Paul Emile Lecoq de Boisbaudran in the year 1879.

Uses of Samarium

  • The most important application of Samarium is in Samarium-Cobalt magnets which have a very high permanent magnetization. These magnets are used in headphones, small motors and musical instruments like guitars.
  • This element is used in the manufacture of solar-powered electric aircrafts.
  • It is used in making special infrared absorbing glass and cores of carbon arc lamp electrodes.
  • Acts as a catalyst in ethanol dehydration process. It is also used in making new permanent magnets.

Properties of Samarium

  • It is a silvery white, rare earth metal having the physical properties like hardness, similar to zinc.
  • It is one of the most volatile elements among the lanthanides.
  • Samarium and its compounds are paramagnetic at room temperature.
  • It is the 40th most abundant element in earth’s crust and 5th  most abundant element among Lanthanides.
  • This element is most abundant in China, India, Brazil, US, Australia and Sri Lanka and yearly production is estimated at 2 million tonnes.

Certain Health Facts About Samarium

  • Samarium has no biological role and it is not that toxic. It is observed that some soluble salts are mildly toxic but cannot affect human life.
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