Tellurium, Te, is a metallic main group element, found in
Group VIb of the
- Atomic Number : 52
- Relative Atomic Mass : 127.6
- Tellurium was discovered by Muller von Reichenstein in 1782AD.
- Tellurium was named by Klaproth in 1798AD.
- Tellurium is relatively rare but occurs in trace amounts in pyrites.
- Tellurium also occurs as Tetradymite, Bi2Te3.
- Tellurium now extracted from the anode mud formed during
the electrolytic refining of copper.
Tellurium occurs in at least two allotropic forms.
Tellurium has similar chemical properties to Sulphur.
- Tellurium is a component in some alloys of lead to increase
its tensile strength.
- Tellurium is used in the electroplating of silver to produce
a dark finish.
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