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Crystal structure of platinum

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Category: Metallurgy

Subject: Crystal structure of platinum

Question

What is the crystal structure of platinum? How are the atoms placed together?

Answer

Platinum adopts a face centred cubic crystal structure. This is also known as a cubic close packed structure.

See, for instance databases - WebElements is the simplest, and search for platinum.

Answer posted December 2004

Submitted by: Mr Brian Palumbo

Answered by: Richard Seymour

Affiliation: Johnson Matthey