Is it possible to raise the melting/freezing point of mercury to make it solid at room temperature? (And possibly a bit higher?)?

Cp 09/07/2018. 5 answers
Science & Mathematics Chemistry

5 Answers


busterwasmycat 09/09/2018.

not as pure mercury but you can make amalgams (like in dentistry) or alloys of some sort. You can't really change the fundamental properties of an element at a whim.


Ronald 7 09/07/2018.

Put a lot of pressure on it


Spartacusallen 09/07/2018.

There are two possible ways to make mercury solid at room temperature:

1. You could increase the pressure around the mercury to extremely high levels

2. you could alloy the mercury with another metal. This is known as an amalgam. One common mercury amalgam is KHg, or potassium amalgam. The melting point of this amalgam is around 180oC.

In early dentistry they would use an amalgam of mercury containing, amongst other elements, tin and zinc for fillings.


flyingtiggeruk 09/07/2018.

I get the impression you'd need a pressure of around 12000 atmospheres to do it. There's no other way

[ Jstor.org Link ]


billrussell42 09/07/2018.

no, that is an inherent property of the mercury, it cannot be changed.


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