Wednesday, March 13, 2013


  • Lutetium is the last of the series of the lanthanide elements and it is a chemical element with the symbol Lu and atomic number is  71. It was isolated separately & independently by two chemists, Welsbach and Urbain.
  • Common compounds of lutetium are lutetium aluminium garnet, lutetium bromide, lutetium chloride, lutetium fluoride, lutetium iodide, lutetium oxide, lutetium sulfide.
  • It is a silvery white rare earth metal and it is also one of the least abundant lanthanides, however it is still more abundant on earth than silver or gold.
  •  Lutetium is not found free in nature but is found in a number of minerals, mainly monazite and the  Pit also produced by the reduction of the anhydrous fluoride with calcium metal.

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