Name Nickel
Symbol Ni
Atomic Number 28
Atomic Mass 58.6934 atomic mass units
Number of Protons 28
Number of Neutrons 31
Number of Electrons 28
Melting Point 1453.0 C
Boiling Point 2732.0 C
Density 8.902 grams per cubic centimeter
Normal Phase Solid
Family Transition Metal
Period 4
Cost $7.70 for 100 grams



Origin of Name From the German word kupfernickel, meaning Devil's copper or false copper
Date and Place of Discovery In 1751 in Sweden
Discovered by Axel Fredrik Cronstedt
Common Compounds
Interesting facts
  • It is a very useful element, but it is highly toxic to humans.
  • The first nickel coin of the pure metal was made in 1881.
Common Uses
  • Coinage in the United States and Canada
  • Stainless steel
  • Corrosion-resistant alloys
  • Nickel plating
  • Burglar-proof vaults
  • Nickel-cadmium batteries


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