LEARN ABOUT PALLADIUM
Palladium is as rare as platinum and is the shiniest among platinum group metals (PGMs), which also includes platinum and rhodium. On the periodic table, it has the atomic number 46 and its chemical symbol is Pd. Palladium has the lowest melting point and is the thinnest metal of its group. Its top producers are Canada, the U.S., Russia and South Africa.
Much like platinum, palladium is mostly used in the manufacture of catalytic converters. More than 50% of the palladium sold is poured into catalytic converter production. This precious metal also works as a catalyst by speeding up hydrogenation and breaking up petroleum.
In the catalytic converter recycling business, it takes approximately 80 lbs. of honeycomb monolith to extract 1 oz. of palladium. Each catalytic converter contains approximately 2 lbs. of honeycomb monolith, which means that precious metal refiners need at least 40 catalytic converters to extract 1 oz. of palladium.
Only the most advanced technology (from crushing to sampling) can help precious metal refiners determine the amount of palladium contained in a honeycomb monolith with maximum precision. As a leader in catalytic converter recycling, PMR is proud to provide this high-quality service.