Molecules from Metals, Metallic?
Date: Spring 2009
Are molecules made solely from metallic sources also
metallic in their characteristic?
Without going into all the reasons why, the short answer is no. Intermetallic
compounds may be metallic, i.e. conduct electricity, semi-conductors, or
insulators. Things get even more complicated because these characteristics
can be a function of temperature, exact composition, and pressure (or all
three). A detailed response is just too large for a forum such as NEWTON.
If you are asking about molecules made solely of metallic atoms, I
cannot answer your question, because I cannot think of any molecules
that consist of only of atoms of true metals. Perhaps you could quote
an example of such a molecule?
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