Top 10 Coolest Elements of the Periodic Table

The Top Ten
1 Bismuth (83)

I suppose, since the title is COOLEST Elements (blah blah blah), Bismuth is one of the coolest and probably the most beautiful of all elements. If all elements had the same rarity, I bet Bismuth would be the most expensive. I just adore the rainbow of colors dancing around. Right now I am not voting on the most essential, but the coolest. The prettiest. The awesomest. For Bismuth is the most beautiful element, in my opinion. I don't want to keep rambling about the beauty of Bismuth, so goodbye, my friends.

Technically Bismuth a character from Steven Universe, but in that case I believe it's actually a personification of the hopper crystals that is often associated with elemental bismuth (and these crystals tend to be multicolored and form a unique "staircase" structure). Speaking chemically, bismuth, on the other hand, is instead a chemical element with atomic number 83 and atomic symbol Bi on the Periodic Table. It's a heavy, gray "ordinary metal" that is relatively more benign than it's companions on the table (take lead and polonium for example, which both are well known to be dangerous for humans). I'm not expert on bismuth so I can't say this with certainty, but I hope I gave you an accurate representation of what it is.
Then again though I'm not going to lie, the hopper crystals bismuth can form look pretty rad.

2 Carbon (6)

So important to life, we nor anything would be here without it. It has 4 electron's in it's outer shell which just gives it so much potential for bonding, and life absolutely took full advantage of that. Silicon could technically fill it's role theoretically, but silicon has no where near as many amazing forms. Steel, diamonds, platinum, and coal would not exist without this beautiful element.

Carbon is good for diamonds and stuff, but what happened to Platinum?! Platinum is rarer than diamonds and gold and according to scientists the amount of Platinum mined in the world can fit in the average-sized living room. Other than that Carbon is cool and creates something rare out of something common. I can't understand why Titanium is at the bottom though, if you wore Titanium, you would be bulletproof!

Carbon is usually black like pencil and charcoal, but can form a transparent and expensive thing like a diamond. Ridiculous, right?

3 Gallium (31)

A fun fact about gallium is that, a small amount of gallium will destroy anything made out of aluminum, including aluminum cans. It also attacks steel, making it very brittle. Although it can melt in your hand, it won't boil unless you heat it to 4,000F – the largest range of any element.

How cool is a non-toxic metal that melts in your hand? It's like mercury, but you don't need protective gloves in order to handle it!

Gallium is primarily important for microelectronics, specifically microwaves. Gallium is also used to produce blue or violet LEDs.

4 Mercury (80)

Hands down way more interesting than gallium. Its really dense, and its completely liquid at room temprature. It's the only metal and one of the only two elements liquid at room temprature. It was known to the ancients and was used (and is still used) in a wide array of applications. You would not have fluorecent lamps without mercury and up until very recently, it was used in thermometers, tilt switches, batteries, dental fillings, gold mining and so on. It is amazing.

It is my least favourite element. Gallium is a better and cooler substitute. Mercury is extremely dangerous and a few drops could kill you.

It's toxic and can damage your health. However, it can be used in thermometers and barometers.

5 Helium (2)

Helium is fascinating stuff! Helium-4 becomes superfluid at 2-3K, one of the greatest quantum effects there is! It was discovered in the spectrum of the Sun, which is also cool! The only element with a boiling point below absolute zero! And what fun we all have when we inhale it!
Helium is the most fascinating element there is! You simply cannot argue!
P.S. it also goes to show that Physics is better than Chemistry!

Helium is a chemical element with the symbol He and atomic number 2.
Helium is a colorless, tasteless and odorless gas.
Helium is the second most common element in the Universe (after hydrogen), making up around 24% of its mass.
how cool is that?

The gas which makes your voice have a higher pitch. Also, it's one of the main composition of our Sun.

6 Neodymium (60)

Neodymium is used in super strong magnets. Also, I think the name is cool.

7 Gold (79)

It gives you so much wealth! Hey Who doesn't like money eh?!

How come only 70 elements are here? Shouldn't 118 be here?

Gold is not the most expensive element. the most expensive element ounce by ounce is Rhodium

8 Technetium (43)

More than once every second a medical procedure is done using Technetium, and while I could definitely say more, I won't for the sake of brevity.

The odd man out. Everything around it isn't radioactive, but it is.

Looks sick dude

9 Cesium (55)

Cesium is an element characterized as an alkali metal and has the atomic number of 55. It is used to help drill oil and make vacuum tubes. The most common everyday use for cesium is with the GPS on your cell phone. Cesium clocks is the more accurate term for atomic clocks because cesium is used in these clocks. and it also gold/ silver

-Used in atomic clocks and its isotope is used as a definition of a second.

-Softest Metal

-Most "Electropositive" Element

-Has a mostly blue spectrum or flame test

-Terrific explosion in water

-Used in infrared materials

-One of the components for the smallest spacecraft!

What else do you want?

The resultant element of mixing Silver's and Gold's colors and not properties. COOL & has the unexpected explosion as well as remarkable extremes.

10 Francium (87)

The best element by far for epic-ness. It's so cool that we don't know what it looks like because it evaporates itself (the most radioactive element in nature)

Based on the trends in the alkali metals, francium might be a red colored liquid metal, more red than copper . Its flame might be rose red too. Very fitting given its named after a romance country

It's also a mad lad of an element, so much so that it killed who discovered it. Perey thought this element can diagnose cancer but it ended up giving her cancer (its carcinogenic)

Really reactive with water, unfortunately, it lasts too short to find out

The Contenders
11 Holmium (67)

Uses of Holmium:
As a result of its special magnetic properties, holmium is used in alloys for the production of magnets and as a flux concentrator for high magnetic fields. Holmia (holmium oxide) is used as a yellow or red coloring for glass and cubic zirconia.

Holmium has the highest magnetic strength of all elements. Who doesn't like magnets?

12 Uranium (92)

This and plutonium was used to make nuclear bombs and power plants.

13 Tungsten (74)

Tungsten rules! It has a nice grey colour and is pretty heavy. Also tungsten carbide is in no way harder than diamond dumbass.

It's heavy, it's dense, and someone left a glowing review on a cube of it on amazon. What more could you need in life?

Highest melting and boiling points of all elements, and essential for light bulbs! How cool is Tungsten?!

14 Iridium (77)

A very interesting metal. Also, it isn't naturally present on Earth, so if it is discovered, it is sign of a meteorite strike.

The "rarest" metal.

This is the second densest metal and can not be corroded even a 2000 degrees Celsius

15 Iron (26)

That was great

16 Xenon (54)

Xenon is cool because, It is very unreactive. Xenon is used in certain specialised light sources. It produces a beautiful blue glow when excited by an electrical discharge. Xenon lamps have applications as high-speed electronic flash bulbs used by photographers, sunbed lamps and bactericidal lamps used in food preparation and processing

My favorite noble gas, it glows violet and anything in nature that's violet like that is exquisite . It also can form compounds unlike most other noble gases

Coolest name too, sounds like an alien substance

Makes your voice go deep. The opposite of Helium in that respect, but still a noble gas, so still has that goin for it. Also starts with X. X-tra coolness points for that (Okay, I'll stop)

17 Astatine (85)

Overall a fun element. Love it's name, love it's placement, I love all halogens, it's the rarest naturally occurring element, it's the decay product of two amazing elements, and it's still radioactive which I love. It's the most "balanced" element in my opinion, and what I mean by that is it is almost impossibly perfect. Everything I want out of an element is here.

In my opinion, Astatine must be #1. It belongs to the same group as that of Halogens like Fluorine, Chlorine, Bromine and Iodine, but is completely different from them. It is extremely radioactive and is a product of nuclear decay. Only 31 grams of Astatine are known to be present in the Earth

Astatine is bad 4 ya tum tum and has a lot of english letters it's my favourite because I likes it on myse fish and chips.

18 Dubnium (105)
19 Arsenic (33)

Silicon is a chemical element with the symbol Si and atomic number 14. It is a hard, brittle crystalline solid with a blue-grey metallic lustre, and is a tetravalent metalloid and semiconductor

While its know for its dark past, a compound of arsenic (Gallium Arsenide) is used in the most efficient solar panels.

Very interesting and poisonous element. Killed many people throughout history but also took care of pests.

20 Osmium (76)

Heavy, looks cool, rare, poisonous, just generally has a lot of cool stuff going for it.

It looks like a crystal

21 Silicon (14)

Oh, What would you do without glass? Glass is 75 per cent made of SiO2.

22 Hydrogen (1)

Where do I even begin? Lightest element, most abundant, joining in giant hot dense masses, fusing heavier elements in the core keeping it from collapsing on itself, and exploding in a magnificent spectacle later making life at all possible. It has no business being so simple and yet so amazing.

Hydrogen... Starts with the best letter and the first element. An entire system based on it's concentration, pH, giving rise to acidity and basicity. All of which are based on whether a molecule donates or accepts H+. Oh and H+ is basically just a proton! No wonder it is attracted to other atoms with all their juicy electrons.

And talk about romantic! One of strongest acceptors of H+ is in fact hydride, H-, two hydrogen atoms can always find their way back to each other. An even better love story than-...

Forms common molecules with most non-metals ranging from hydrogen fluoride to borane, including some of the most important chemicals; water, ammonia and methane.

Did you know three atoms can share two electrons? Well, hydrogen can! Three hydrogen atoms and two electrons form a trihydrogen cation. It's in the game.

But! Hydrogen reacts with oxygen to form nasty pollutants just like other compounds. Oh wait, the only gas produced from the combustion of hydrogen is water. That's not so bad I guess (although it is a greenhouse gas in the atmosphere, guess we will have to drink it then.)

So yeah. Let's be real. Hydrogen is the best element. Now all we have to do is find a nice carbon or oxygen atom to bond it with and then our little hydrogen atom will have a friend for the rest of its days.

23 Einsteinium (99)
24 Fluorine (9)

Toothpaste, enough said

It's the one I chose

25 Neptunium (93)
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