Transition Metals Combine with other Elements to Make Compounds

Transition metals such as palladium (Pd), platinum (Pt), chromium (Cr), iron (Fe), copper (Cu), and manganese (Mn) are commonly made to combine with other elements to form catalysts. The other elements are generally nonmetals such as carbon (C), oxygen (O), and nitrogen (N). These nonmetals can be found on the right side of the periodic table. When a transition metal and nonmetals combine, they form a new substance that has different properties from the original substances. For example, some reactions cannot be sped up by carbon or oxygen alone. However, when these elements are combined with a transition metal, the compound they form (a catalyst) can speed up the reaction.

A Picture of Palladium Metal

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