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Name: Enrico
Status: student
Grade: 12+
Country: USA
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.

Vince Calder

Hi Enrico,

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?

Bob Wilson

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