Connecting Chemistry


Atomic symbol: Ta
Atomic number: 73
Atomic mass: 180.95

Appearance: Gray blue solid at 25°C

Group: 5
Period: 6
Series: Transition metals
Block: d
Electron configuration: 1s² 2s² 2p⁶ 3s² 3p⁶ 3d¹⁰ 4s² 4p⁶ 4d¹⁰ 5s² 5p⁶ 4f¹⁴ 5d³ 6s²

Tantalum is a very hard metal with one of the highest melting points.

Ductile and resistant to corrosion, tantalum is also a great conductor of heat and electricity.

Fun Fact! Tantalum is actually widely used in medical implants since it is non-toxic and biocompatible.