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Name: Enrico
Status: student
Grade: 12+
Country: USA
Date: Spring 2009


Question:
Are molecules made solely from metallic sources also metallic in their characteristic?



Replies:
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?

Regards,
Bob Wilson



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