Ruthenium (Ru) – Periodic Table [Element Information & More]

ruthenium element periodic table

Ruthenium element (Ru) is in group 8 and period 5 of a periodic table. Ruthenium is in the d-block and it is classified as a transition element on the periodic table.

There is a lot more information related to ruthenium which is mentioned in the Information Table given below.

So let’s dive right into it!

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Ruthenium Element (Information Table)

The important data related to ruthenium element is given in the table below.

Appearance of rutheniumSilvery gray metallic appearance
Atomic number of ruthenium44
Symbol of rutheniumRu
Atomic mass of ruthenium101.07 u
Protons, Neutrons & Electrons in rutheniumProtons: 44, Neutrons: 57, Electrons: 44
State of ruthenium (at STP)Solid
Group number of ruthenium in periodic table8
Period number of ruthenium in periodic table5
Block of ruthenium in periodic tabled-block
Category of rutheniumTransition metal
Bohr model or Electrons per shell or Electrons arrangement in ruthenium2, 8, 18, 15, 1
Electron configuration of ruthenium[Kr] 4d7 5s1
Orbital diagram of rutheniumorbital diagram of ruthenium
Electronegativity of ruthenium (on pauling scale)2.2
Atomic radius of ruthenium (van der Waals radius)207 picometers
Density of ruthenium12.37 g/cm3
1st ionization energy of ruthenium7.361 eV
Main isotope of ruthenium102Ru
Melting point of ruthenium2607 K or 2334 °C or 4233 °F
Boiling point of ruthenium4423 K or 4150 °C or 7502 °F
Crystal structure of rutheniumHexagonal Close Packing (HCP)
Discovery of rutheniumBy Karl Ernst Claus in 1844

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Ruthenium element in Periodic table

The Ruthenium element (Ru) has the atomic number 44 and is located in group 8 and period 5. Ruthenium is a metal and it is classified as a transition element.

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Facts about ruthenium

Here are a few interesting facts about ruthenium element.

  1. The name “Ruthenium” came from the word “Ruthenia” which is a Latin word for Russia.
  2. Ruthenium was discovered by Karl Ernst Claus in 1844.
  3. The concentration of ruthenium in the earth’s crust is around 1 part per billion by weight (which is very less). And its concentration in the solar system is believed to be 5 parts per billion by weight.
  4. Ruthenium is mainly obtained from the mineral deposits from the Ural mountain in North and South America. It is also found from the pyroxenite deposits of South Africa (source).
  5. Ruthenium can also be extracted from the radioactive waste.

Properties of ruthenium

Here is a list of some physical properties and chemical properties of ruthenium.

Physical properties of ruthenium

  • Ruthenium is a metal with a silvery gray metallic appearance.
  • Ruthenium has an atomic mass 101.07 u and its density is 12.37 g/cm3.
  • The melting point and boiling point of ruthenium is 2607 K and 4423 K respectively.
  • Ruthenium has HCP crystal structure.
  • Ruthenium has many isotopes, and out of these isotopes, the most abundant isotope is 102Ru. It has an abundance of around 31.5%.

Chemical properties of ruthenium

  • The electronic configuration of ruthenium is [Kr] 4d7 5s1 and it is a transition metal as it has incomplete d-orbitals.
  • The corrosion resistance property of titanium can be improved by adding only 0.1% ruthenium to it.
  • As it is a transition metal, it has many oxidation states like +2, +3 as well as +4.
  • Ruthenium metal does not tarnish if kept open in the air at room temperature.
  • Ruthenium metal shows a chemical reaction with halogens and hydroxides.

Uses of ruthenium

Here are some uses of the ruthenium element.

  • Ruthenium is used as an alloy with other elements to improve properties like corrosion resistance.
  • Ruthenium-molybdenum alloy behaved like a superconductor at a very low temperature of 10.6 K.
  • In order to increase the hardness of metals like platinum and palladium, ruthenium is added to them.

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