Image of a nugget of Indium metal.

Facts about Indium:

  • Indium: A lustrous silvery white metal that is soft and malleable.
  • Fun fact about Indium: Indium is commonly used in devices with touch screens as Indium Tin Oxide.
  • Chemical symbol: In
  • Atomic number: 49

A crystal structure containing Indium:

Image showing the channels of an Indium Metal Organic Framework structure.

Facts about this structure:

  • Formula: (C17 H9 F6 In O5)n
  • Structure name: catena-((μ4-4,4'-(Hexafluoroisopropylidene)bis(benzoato))-(μ2-hydroxo)-indium(iii))
  • Fun fact about the structure: This structure is a reusable heterogeneous catalyst for acetalization of aldehydes.
  • CSD refcode: CIXDUJ (What's this?)
  • Associated publication: F.Gandara, B.Gomez-Lor, E.Gutierrez-Puebla, M.Iglesias, M.A.Monge, D.M.Proserpio, N.Snejko, Chem.Mater. (2008), 20, 72, DOI: 10.1021/cm071079a

More info:

Indium was discovered in 1863 by Ferdinand Reich and Hieronymous Richter, who named it after the strong indigo band in its atomic spectrum. Indium has many technological uses both on its own and combined with other elements. It can be used in LCD TVs, solar panels and as a semiconductor in microchips.

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A visualisation showing the structure containing Indium alongside other structures published in the same scientific article: