Solidified mercury

Discussion in 'Chemistry' started by Sparkofbliss, Oct 5, 2011.

  1. Sparkofbliss Registered Senior Member

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    Is it possible to to solidify pure mercury at room temperature.some people claim that it is possible especially from india.
     
  2. KilljoyKlown Whatever Valued Senior Member

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    That question was talked about on the following forum 19 months ago.

    Solidifying Mercury at Room Temprature

    http://hubpages.com/forum/topic/36298
     
  3. billvon Valued Senior Member

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    Pure mercury? No. But it's easy to alloy it with other metals and come up with an amalgam that will be solid at room temperatures.
     
  4. wlminex Banned Banned

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    amalgam? . . . . like dissolving gold in mercury . . an old gold recovery process! . . . or dissolving silver in mercury (outdated-toxic?) for dental fillings.
     
  5. origin It keeps getting funnier.... Valued Senior Member

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    Some people claim they have been anal probed by extraterrestrial aliens.:rolleyes:

    Mercury cannot solidify at room temperature. There are many ways to use slight of hand or trickery to fool gullible people into believing they have witnessed a miracle.
     
  6. wlminex Banned Banned

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    . . . perhaps the alien anal probes were conducted at ~ -40 degrees C? (approx. freezing point of mercury) tee hee!
    . . . by the way . . . weren't the old alchemists supposed to turn mercury into gold?
     
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  7. leopold i miss my coco. Valued Senior Member

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    no, lead into gold.
     
  8. wlminex Banned Banned

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    . . .That's even better . . . if I could change the Pb in my ass to Au . . I'd be a VERY wealthy person (but, it seems, that I will soon have to pay more in taxes!)
     
  9. Emil Valued Senior Member

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    Do you have Pb in your ass? :eek:
     
  10. Aqueous Id flat Earth skeptic Valued Senior Member

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    Who wants solid Hg and why? Seems like an odd thing to request... unless maybe at a Sonic drive-in somewhere in Alpha Centauri where the probing just turned into a date and you're wondering what the hell your alien-friend just ordered.....
     
  11. spidergoat nameless monster Valued Senior Member

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    Not even at high pressure?
     
  12. Believe Happy medium Valued Senior Member

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    Assuming its phases respond in a normal fashion (and I'm sure it does since it has a triple point) then yes, higher pressure could solidify it.
     
  13. KilljoyKlown Whatever Valued Senior Member

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    The only thing I could find about Hg under high pressure. Sorry but nothing at room Temp. but the mercury stayed liquid.

     
  14. Secret Registered Senior Member

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    Anyone here have a phase diagram of mercury?
     
  15. Believe Happy medium Valued Senior Member

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    The key there is high pressure and high temp. Under just sufficiently high pressure I would think it would behave just like everything else (again it has a triple point) and become a solid.
     
  16. KilljoyKlown Whatever Valued Senior Member

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    That may be true, however I don't believe we can generate that kind of pressure.
     
  17. Asguard Kiss my dark side Valued Senior Member

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    why not? we can generate some REALLY high pressures
     
  18. KilljoyKlown Whatever Valued Senior Member

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    Higher than a diamond anvils cell? Please supply a link if you can find one.
     
  19. Believe Happy medium Valued Senior Member

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    You wouldn't necessarily need to have anywhere near that much pressure. The added heat there would keep it molten well beyond the normal pressure it would take to solidify it. I wish I could find a phase diagram for it somewhere. If someone wants to buy it this paper would probably answer the question for us:

    http://www.springerlink.com/content/qr55357gt284741l/
     
  20. Believe Happy medium Valued Senior Member

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    I just asked Trippy to see if he can get a phase diagram for us to end this once and for all. Hopefully he comes through.
     

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