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Gallium – Properties – Price – Applications – Production


About Gallium

Gallium has similarities to the other metals of the group, aluminium, indium, and thallium. Gallium does not occur as a free element in nature, but as gallium(III) compounds in trace amounts in zinc ores and in bauxite.


Element Gallium
Atomic number 31
Element category Poor Metal
Phase at STP Solid
Density 5.904 g/cm3
Ultimate Tensile Strength 15 MPa
Yield Strength 8 MPa
Young’s Modulus of Elasticity 9.8 GPa
Mohs Scale 1.5
Brinell Hardness 60 MPa
Vickers Hardness N/A
Melting Point 29.76 °C
Boiling Point 2204 °C
Thermal Conductivity 40.6 W/mK
Thermal Expansion Coefficient 18 µm/mK
Specific Heat 0.37 J/g K
Heat of Fusion 5.59 kJ/mol
Heat of Vaporization 258.7 kJ/mol
Electrical resistivity [nanoOhm meter] 270
Magnetic Susceptibility −21.6e-6 cm^3/mol

Applications of Gallium

Gallium consumption is centred on the superconductor industry. Semiconductor applications dominate the commercial demand for gallium, accounting for 98% of the total. When alloyed with arsenic to produce gallium arsenide (GaAs), it can convert electricity to light. Due to such properties, it is used in LEDs, and has been found to produce less heat than silicon, rendering it suitable for use in supercomputers.


Production and Price of Gallium

Raw materials prices change daily. They are primarily driven by supply, demand and energy prices. In 2019, prices of pure Gallium were at around 2200 $/kg.

Current world production of gallium is about 200 mt per year, with the main producing nations being China, Germany, Kazakhstan and Ukraine. Gallium is mainly recovered as a by-product of treating bauxite (the main source of aluminium). During the processing of bauxite to alumina in the Bayer process, gallium accumulates in the sodium hydroxide liquor.


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Mechanical Properties of Gallium


Strength of Gallium

In mechanics of materials, the strength of a material is its ability to withstand an applied load without failure or plastic deformation. Strength of materials basically considers the relationship between the external loads applied to a material and the resulting deformation or change in material dimensions. In designing structures and machines, it is important to consider these factors, in order that the material selected will have adequate strength to resist applied loads or forces and retain its original shape. Strength of a material is its ability to withstand this applied load without failure or plastic deformation.

For tensile stress, the capacity of a material or structure to withstand loads tending to elongate is known as ultimate tensile strength (UTS). Yield strength or yield stress is the material property defined as the stress at which a material begins to deform plastically whereas yield point is the point where nonlinear (elastic + plastic) deformation begins.

See also: Strength of Materials

Ultimate Tensile Strength of Gallium

Ultimate tensile strength of Gallium is 15 MPa.

Yield Strength of Gallium

Yield strength of Gallium is 8 MPa.

Modulus of Elasticity of Gallium

The Young’s modulus of elasticity of Gallium is 9.8 GPa.

Hardness of Gallium

In materials science, hardness is the ability to withstand surface indentation (localized plastic deformation) and scratchingBrinell hardness test is one of indentation hardness tests, that has been developed for hardness testing. In Brinell tests, a hard, spherical indenter is forced under a specific load into the surface of the metal to be tested.

Brinell hardness of Gallium is approximately 60 MPa.

The Vickers hardness test method was developed by Robert L. Smith and George E. Sandland at Vickers Ltd as an alternative to the Brinell method to measure the hardness of materials. The Vickers hardness test method can be also used as a microhardness test method, which is mostly used for small parts, thin sections, or case depth work.

Vickers hardness of Gallium is approximately N/A.

Scratch hardness is the measure of how resistant a sample is to permanent plastic deformation due to friction from a sharp object. The most common scale for this qualitative test is Mohs scale, which is used in mineralogy. The Mohs scale of mineral hardness is based on the ability of one natural sample of mineral to scratch another mineral visibly.

Gallium is has a hardness of approximately 1.5.

See also: Hardness of Materials

Gallium – Crystal Structure

A possible crystal structure of Gallium is orthorhombic structure.

crystal structures - FCC, BCC, HCP

In metals, and in many other solids, the atoms are arranged in regular arrays called crystals. A crystal lattice is a repeating pattern of mathematical points that extends throughout space. The forces of chemical bonding causes this repetition. It is this repeated pattern which control properties like strength, ductility, density, conductivity (property of conducting or transmitting heat, electricity, etc.), and shape. There are 14 general types of such patterns known as Bravais lattices.

See also: Crystal Structure of Materials

Crystal Structure of Gallium
Crystal Structure of Gallium is: orthorhombic

Strength of Elements

Elasticity of Elements

Hardness of Elements


Thermal Properties of Gallium


Gallium – Melting Point and Boiling Point

Melting point of Gallium is 29.76°C.

Boiling point of Gallium is 2204°C.

Note that, these points are associated with the standard atmospheric pressure.

Gallium – Thermal Conductivity

Thermal conductivity of Gallium is 40.6 W/(m·K).

The heat transfer characteristics of a solid material are measured by a property called the thermal conductivity, k (or λ), measured in W/m.K. It is a measure of a substance’s ability to transfer heat through a material by conduction. Note that Fourier’s law applies for all matter, regardless of its state (solid, liquid, or gas), therefore, it is also defined for liquids and gases.

Coefficient of Thermal Expansion of Gallium

Linear thermal expansion coefficient of Gallium is 18 µm/(m·K)

Thermal expansion is generally the tendency of matter to change its dimensions in response to a change in temperature. It is usually expressed as a fractional change in length or volume per unit temperature change.

Gallium – Specific Heat, Latent Heat of Fusion, Latent Heat of Vaporization

Specific heat of Gallium is 0.37 J/g K.

Heat capacity is an extensive property of matter, meaning it is proportional to the size of the system. Heat capacity C has the unit of energy per degree or energy per kelvin. When expressing the same phenomenon as an intensive property, the heat capacity is divided by the amount of substance, mass, or volume, thus the quantity is independent of the size or extent of the sample.

Latent Heat of Fusion of Gallium is 5.59 kJ/mol.

Latent Heat of Vaporization of Gallium is 258.7 kJ/mol.

Latent heat is the amount of heat added to or removed from a substance to produce a change in phase. This energy breaks down the intermolecular attractive forces, and also must provide the energy necessary to expand the gas (the pΔV work). When latent heat is added, no temperature change occurs. The enthalpy of vaporization is a function of the pressure at which that transformation takes place.

Melting Point of Elements

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Thermal Conductivity of Elements

Periodic Table of Elements - thermal conductivity

Thermal Expansion of Elements

Periodic Table of Elements - thermal expansion

Heat Capacity of Elements

Periodic Table of Elements - heat capacity

Heat of Fusion of Elements

Periodic Table of Elements - latent heat fusion

Heat of Vaporization of Elements

Periodic Table of Elements - latent heat vaporization

Gallium – Electrical Resistivity – Magnetic Susceptibility


Electrical property refers to the response of a material to an applied electric field. One of the principal characteristics of materials is their ability (or lack of ability) to conduct electrical current. Indeed, materials are classified by this property, that is, they are divided into conductors, semiconductors, and nonconductors.

See also: Electrical Properties

Magnetic property refers to the response of a material to an applied magnetic field. The macroscopic magnetic properties of a material are a consequence of interactions between an external magnetic field and the magnetic dipole moments of the constituent atoms. Different materials react to the application of magnetic field differently.

See also: Magnetic Properties

Electrical Resistivity of Gallium

Electrical resistivity of Gallium is 270 nΩ⋅m.

Electrical conductivity and its converse, electrical resistivity, is a fundamental property of a material that quantifies how Gallium conducts the flow of electric current. Electrical conductivity or specific conductance is the reciprocal of electrical resistivity.

Magnetic Susceptibility of Gallium

Magnetic susceptibility of Gallium is −21.6e-6 cm^3/mol.

In electromagnetism, magnetic susceptibility is the measure of the magnetization of a substance. Magnetic susceptibility is a dimensionless proportionality factor that indicates the degree of magnetization of Gallium in response to an applied magnetic field.

Electrical Resistivity of Elements

Periodic Table of Elements - electrical resistivity

Magnetic Susceptibility of Elements

Application and prices of other elements

Gallium - Comparison of Properties and Prices

Periodic Table in 8K resolution

Other properties of Gallium