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Erbium,  69Er
General properties
Name, symbol Erbium, Er
Appearance Silvery-white
Erbium in the periodic table


Atomic number 69
Standard atomic weight (Ar) 167.259(3)
Group, block , f-block
Period period 6
Electron configuration [Xe] 4f12 6s2
per shell
2, 8, 18, 30, 8, 2
Physical properties
Phase Solid
Melting point 1802 K ​(1529 °C, ​2784 °F)
Boiling point 3141 K ​(2868 °C, ​​5194 °F)
Density near r.t. 9.066 g/cm3
when liquid, at  8.86 g/cm3
Heat of fusion 19.90 kJ/mol
Heat of 280 kJ/mol
Molar heat capacity 28.12 J/(mol·K)
Atomic properties
Oxidation states 3, 2, 1 ​(a basic oxide)
Electronegativity Pauling scale: 1.24
energies 1st: 589.3 kJ/mol
2nd: 1150 kJ/mol
3rd: 2194 kJ/mol
Atomic radius empirical: 176 pm
Covalent radius 189±6 pm
Crystal structure ​Hexagonal close-packed (hcp)
Speed of sound thin rod 2830 m/s (at 20 °C)
Thermal expansion 12.2 µm/(m·K) (poly)
Thermal conductivity 14.5 W/(m·K)
Electrical resistivity 0.86·10-6 Ω·m
Magnetic ordering Paramagnetic
Young's modulus 69.9 GPa
Shear modulus 28.3 GPa
Bulk modulus 44.4 GPa
Poisson ratio 0.237
Vickers hardness 430–700 MPa
Brinell hardness 600–1070 MPa
CAS Registry Number 7440-52-0
Naming After Ytterby (Sweden), where it was mined
Discovery Carl Gustaf Mosander (1842)
· references

Erbium is a chemical element in the lanthanide series, with symbol Er and atomic number 68.



Erbium metal tarnishes slowly in air and burns readily to form erbium(III) oxide:

4 Er + 3 O2 → 2 Er2O3

Erbium will slowly react with cold water, but the reaction occurs much faster in hot water.


Erbium is a silvery-white malleable metal. It is stable in air, and does not oxidize as quickly as some other rare-earth metals. Erbium is ferromagnetic below 19 K, antiferromagnetic between 19 and 80 K and paramagnetic above 80 K.


Erbium can be purchased online. Metallium sells erbium coins.


Erbium can be prepared by reducing its oxide or salts with calcium at 1450 °C under argon atmosphere.

Er2O3 + 3 Ca → 2 Er + 3 CaO




Erbium's toxicity is similar to that of other lanthanides.


Erbium should be kept in closed bottles, away from moisture and corrosive vapors.


Best to try to recycle it.


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