Connecting Chemistry


Atomic symbol: Nd
Atomic number: 60
Atomic mass: 144.24 Appearance: Bright silver solid at 25°C

Group: N/a Period: 6
Series: Lanthanides
Block: f
Electron configuration: 1s² 2s² 2p⁶ 3s² 3p⁶ 3d¹⁰ 4s² 4p⁶ 4d¹⁰ 5s² 5p⁶ 4f¹ 5d¹ 6s²

Forms pale purple-pink salts.

Used in lasers and in high-strength magnets.

Fun Fact! Neodymium was named after the Greek words “neos didymos” meaning “new twin” due to its close association with praseodymium.