Palladium (Pd) Powder, Shot, Pellets & Ingot

Platinum group metals (PGMs) are rare precious metals with unique physical properties that are used in diverse industrial applications. Palladium, like gold, silver and platinum, is a precious metal, as well as one of the six PGMs, which also include platinum, rhodium, ruthenium, iridium and osmium.

The unique physical characteristics of PGMs include:

  • Strong catalytic properties;

  • Excellent conductivity and ductility;

  • High level of resistance to corrosion;

  • Strength and durability; and

  • A high melting point.

Palladium is primarily used as a thin coating on ceramic filters inside of catalytic converters in automobile engines. It acts as a catalyst to convert carbon monoxide to carbon dioxide and converts hydrocarbons and oxides of nitrogen into pure oxygen, nitrogen and water. Demand for palladium is expected to exceed supply over the next few years, driven primarily by the continued growth in automobile sales.


Palladium is a rare precious metal. There are very few palladium-producing regions worldwide and few known economically viable ore bodies.

Growth in mine supply is constrained, largely owing to:

  • Political, infrastructure and cost issues in South Africa;

  • Relatively constant palladium production in Russia; and

  • The very small number of new projects on the horizon in the near future.

  • Atomic Number 46

  • Molecular Weight (g/mol.)106.4

  • Apparent Density (g/cm3)12.02

  • EINECS Number231-115-6

  • Specific Heat @0°C (cal/g-°C).058

  • Melting Point (°C)1552

  • Boiling Point (°C)2900

  • Thermal Conductivity (cal/s-cm°C).18

  • Vickers Hardness37-39

  • Mohs Hardness4.75

  • Electronegativity  (Pauling scale)2.20

  • Particle Shape 

  • Magnetic Ordering

  • paramagnetic

  • Crystallography

  • cubic structure, face centered

Typical Applications


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Automobile catalyst, dental, electrical, jewelry, multi-layer ceramic capacitors, hybrid integrated circuits, the catalyzation of CO into CO2 in air purification panels, and various consumer electronic products.


An element belonging to the platinum group of metals, palladium is steel-white in color, except in powder form, when it appears black. Palladium resists tarnishing in air and, if annealed, it is soft and ductile. Palladium has the lowest density and melting point of the palladium metals and is the most reactive. At room temperature, palladium absorbs up to 900 times its own volume of hydrogen.

Chemical Name: Palladium

Chemical Formula: Pd


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