Gallium Metal 99.99%

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Gallium Metal 99.99%

65.00

Gallium and glass don't get along. The metal is usually shipped and stored in plastic bottles because when it solidifies from a molten state it expands. Plastic's flexibility allows the stretching, glass doesn't. On top of that, gallium smears onto practically every type of surface coating it permanently. Even if a small amount of gallium is stored in a glass container, so that the expansion issue is not a problem, it will nevertheless turn that glass into a mirror through which any remaining gallium can't be seen.

So how is it that we see gallium here inside a glass ampule which is tidily staying off its inside walls? A bit of chemistry magic. While gallium sticks to just about anything one thing it thankfully has no taste for sticking unto is gallium itself. Luckily, gallium oxide just so happens to be transparent and a liquid preparation can be made which continually blankets the bead preventing the pure gallium from actually ever coming into contact with the glass - genius!

The gallium ball inside can be easily melted and allowed to harden repeatedly and the ampule will remain crystal clear. When melted it can be shaken back and forth to feel the liquid metal inside but once it cools back down and turns to solid doing this is bound to crack the glass and, well, there goes your investment!

Each ampule contains about two grams of gallium.

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