Gallium

Gallium, Ga, is a soft silvery metallic main group element, found in Group IIIb of the periodic table.

Discovery

Gallium was discovered by Lecoq de Boisbaudran in 1875AD, when he was studying zinc blende from the Pyrennees.

Occurrence

Gallium is widely distributed in minute quantities. It occurs in germanite ore at approximately 0.5% level.

Extraction

Gallium is isolated by the electrolysis of the alkaline solutions of its salts.

Properties

Gallium is a soft metal with a low melting point.

Uses

Gallium is used