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ALL MOLECULAR GRAPHICS: precious metals: platinum: atomic arrangement (crystal structure)

platinum atoms arranged in a face centred cubic pattern

(above) platinum #1 atoms arranged in a face centred cubic pattern

Platinum: silvery looking precious metal whose atoms are arranged in closely packed hexagonal layers. First and fourth layers are in line with each other. This gives what is known as a face centred cubic pattern or cubic close packing. Platinum is extremely expensive, much more so than gold.

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platinum atoms arranged in a face centred cubic pattern

(above) platinum #2 atoms arranged in a face centred cubic pattern



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