Prices of elements and their compounds

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This table lists the elements by their name and gives some historical prices for them and their commonly traded compounds. The first of the two price columns shows the price in US dollars per kg of the compound specified. The second shows the USD price per kg of element in the compound. Dates on prices facilitate forex conversion.

Elements of only short half-lives are unlikely to be traded on a secondary market outside of nuclear lab production, and were therefore excluded from the main table. The current cutoff excludes elements with atomic number greater than 105. They have no known isotope with a half-life greater than 1.5 hours and are listed separately later.

Element[1] Compound
Name, Symbol, Number Compound/form/isotope Conditions of price Price ($/kg)

By compound
weight

Price ($/kg)

By element
weight

Date Ref.
Actinium Ac 89
225Ac 99% pure [1] $1203/mCi with permit $100> [2] Fiscal year 2003 [2] [3]
Aluminium Al 13
P1020A (=>99.7% Al) LME official cash, ask NL $1.3-$2.5 $1.3-$2.5 2002-2018 [4]
Americium Am 95
241AmO2 powder >99%[5] gram units in steel cont. $728000 (oxide?) Sept. 1998 [6]
243AmO2 powder >99.9% mg units, NRC Form 741 $180250000 (ox.?) Sept. 1998 [7]
Antimony Sb 51
=>99.65% pure CIF US port $5-$7 2009-2018 [8]
=>99.65% pure Free on board China $4-$5 2009-2018 [9]
Argon Ar 18
-
Arsenic As 33
min 99% pure $1-$2 2010-2018 [10]
Astatine At 85
-
Barium Ba 56
Barium chromate 99% $100 July 11, 2010 [11]
Berkelium Bk 97
-
Beryllium Be 4
- $7480 [12]
Bismuth Bi 83
min 99.99% pure $17-$29 2008-2018 [13]
Boron B 5
- $11140 [14]
Bromine Br 35
- $50 [15]
Cadmium Cd 48
min 99.95% pure $4-$5 2010-2018 [16]
Caesium Cs 55
- $11000 [17]
Calcium Ca 20
- $200 [18]
Californium Cf 98
- synthetic $27000000000 [19]
Carbon C 6
- $24 [20]
Cerium Ce 58
Cerium(IV) oxide (CeO2), 99% Free On Board China $1-$4 $1-$4 Qly avgs. Q1-Q3 2007 [21]
Chlorine Cl 17
- $1-$2 [22]
Chromium Cr 24
99.9%, Electrolytic Vac Melt Grade FOB North America $7-$11 $7-$11 2005-2018 [23]
Cobalt Co 27
min 99.8& pure Aerospace application $30-$93 2005-2018 [24]
Copper Cu 29
Commodity copper LME Cash off. fix. bid $5.1-$8.8 $5.1-$8.8 2007-2018 [25]
Curium Cm 96
-
Dubnium Db 105
-
Dysprosium Dy 66
Dysprosium(III) oxide (Dy2O3), 99% Free On Board China $85-$350 $65-$230 2007-2017 [26]
Einsteinium Es 99
-
Erbium Er 68
- $95-$900 2007-2017 [3][4]
Europium Eu 63
Europium oxide, 99% Free On Board China $150-$370 - 2007-2017 [27]
Fermium Fm 100
-
Fluorine F 9
- $1900 [28]
Francium Fr 87
-
Gadolinium Gd 64
min 99% pure FOB China $19-$55 2010-2017 [29]
Gallium Ga 31
min 99.99% pure CIF Main Airport $525 July 8, 2010 [30]
Germanium Ge 32
min 99.99% pure CIF Main Airport $940-$1700 2010-2018 [31]
Gold Au 79
Gold 24kt $9600-$66600 2001-2018 [32]
Hafnium Hf 72
pure $1200 [33]
Helium He 2
- $52 [34]
Holmium Ho 67
- $8600 [5]
Hydrogen H 1
Gas +99% in bulk $0.7-$5 $0.7-$5 2004-2018 [35]
Liquid +99% in bulk $2-$9 $2-$9 2004-2018 [36]
Indium In 49
min 99.99% $180-$1000 2005-2018 [37]
Iodine I 53
- $83 [38]
Iridium Ir 77
- $35000-$42000 2010-2018 [39]
Iron Fe 26
- $0.019 - $0.072 2010-2018 [40]
Krypton Kr 36
-
Lanthanum La 57
Lanthanum oxide (La2O3), 99% Free On Board China $2.1-$3.9 $1.2-$2.9 Qly avgs. Q1-Q3 2007 [41]
Lawrencium Lr 103
-
Lead Pb 82
Commodity lead LME Cash off. fix. bid $1.1-$4.1 $1.1-$4.1 2007-2018 [42]
Lithium Li 3
pure $270 [43]
Lutetium Lu 71
pure $2400 $340000 (?) 2003 [6] [44]
Magnesium Mg 12
min 99.9% pure $5.8 July 8, 2010 [45]
Manganese Mn 25
99.7% min FOB China $1.5 $1.5 2005-11-25 [46]
Mendelevium Md 101
-
Mercury Hg 80
99.99% ? $14-$18 $14-$18 2005-2018 [47]
Molybdenum Mo 42
Molybdenum oxide Mo 57% $21-$33 2010-2018 [48]
Neodymium Nd 60
Neodymium oxide (Nd2O3), 99% Free On Board China $24-$39 $18-$29 Qly avgs. Q1-Q3 2007 [49]
Neon Ne 10
pure $330 [50]
Neptunium Np 93
- $600000-$666000
Nickel Ni 28
Commodity nickel LME Cash off. fix. bid $25-$55 $25-$55 2007-2018 [51]
Niobium Nb 41
pure $40-$180 2001-2018 [52]
Nitrogen N 7
99.999%UHP 311scf cyl. at U of Florida $3-$4 $3-$4 2006-2018 [53][54]
99.999%UHP 249scf cyl. at U of Arizona $5-$6 $5-$6 2008-2018 [55]
99.9995% Liquid Nitrogen own still [56] $0.074 $0.074 Oct. 2008 YTD avg. [57]
Nobelium No 102
-
Osmium Os 76
pure $13000-$77000 2008-2018 [58][59]
Oxygen O 8
pure $3 [60]
Palladium Pd 46
pure $8000-$33000 2008-2018 [61]
Phosphorus P 15
pure $300 [62]
Platinum Pt 78
Platinum 99.95% $28000-$80000 2008-2018 [63][64]
Plutonium Pu 94
pure Not legal to own.[7] $4000000-$5600000 [65], [66]
Polonium Po 84
-
Potassium K 19
pure $1000 [67]
Praseodymium Pr 59
Praseodymium oxide (Pr2O3), 99% Free On Board China $22-$37 $16-$28 Qly avgs. Q1-Q3 2007 [68]
Promethium Pm 61
-
Protactinium Pa 91
- $280000 [69]
Radium Ra 88
-
Radon Rn 86
-
Rhenium Re 75
pellets min 99.9% $35000-$168000 2008-2018 [70][71]
Rhodium Rh 45
min 99.9% pure $70000-$350000 2010-2018 [72][73]
Rubidium Rb 37
pure $6000-$12000 2010-2018 [74]
Ruthenium Ru 44
pure $2000-$14000 2010-2018 [75]
Rutherfordium Rf 104
-
Samarium Sm 62
Samarium oxide (Sm2O3), 99% $2-$5 $1-$4 Qly avgs. Q1-Q3 2007 [76]
Scandium Sc 21
pure $4400-$15000 2007-2017 [77][78]
Selenium Se 34
min 99.5% pure $80-$280 2010-2018 [79]
Silicon Si 14
min 98.5% (5-5-3) FOB P.R.C. China $2-$3 2010 [80], [81]
Silver Ag 47
Silver bullion $500-$1500 2010-2018 [82]
Sodium Na 11
pure $250 [83]
Strontium Sr 38
pure $1000 [84]
Sulfur S 16
pure $500 [85]
Tantalum Ta 73
Tantalite basis 30% Ta205, Tantalum Ore $120-$160 2010-2018 [86]
Technetium Tc 43
-
Tellurium Te 52
pure $240 [87]
Terbium Tb 65
Tb metal 99% min FOB China $420-$720 2010-2018 [88]
Terbium oxide $400-$700 2010- Qly avgs. Q1-Q3 2007 [89]
Thallium Tl 81
pure $480 [90]
Thorium Th 90
- $500-$5000 2008-2018 [91], [92]
Thulium Tm 69
- $20000-$70000 1998-2018 [8]
Tin Sn 50
Commodity tin LME Cash off. fix. bid $16-$26 $16-$26 2010-2018 [93]
Titanium Ti 22
Ti sponge TG100 12x25mm Long term contract $4-$16 2010-2018 [94]
Tungsten W 74
Ammonium paratungstate FOB P.R.C. China $22-$55 2006-2018 [95][96]
Uranium U 92
Yellowcake 0.7% 235U, Depleted 0.2-0.4% 235U Not legal to own.[9] $15000000 (235U) 2008-2018 [97], [98]
(U3O8e) $40-$75 2008-2018 [99]
Vanadium V 23
Vanadium pentoxide 98% min $14.33 July 8, 2010 [100]
Xenon Xe 54
pure $1200 [101]
Ytterbium Yb 70
pure $14000 [102]
Yttrium Y 39
min 99.9% pure FOB China $35-$45 2010-2018 [103]
Zinc Zn 30
Commodity zinc LME Cash off. fix. bid $2.1-$4.5 $2.1-$4.5 2007-2018 [104]
Zirconium Zr 40
pure $1570 [105]

These elements above 105 were excluded from the above table:

Highly unstable elements
Name Symbol No.
Bohrium Bh 107
Copernicium Cn 112
Darmstadtium Ds 110
Flerovium Fl 114
Hassium Hs 108
Livermorium Lv 116
Meitnerium Mt 109
Moscovium Mc 115
Nihonium Nh 113
Oganesson Og 118
Roentgenium Rg 111
Seaborgium Sg 106
Tennessine Ts 117

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Names taken from Nomenclature of Inorganic Chemistry - IUPAC Recommendations 2005, Table I
  2. ^ mCi/kg = [Avogadro's number]/[atomic weight]*(1-10^(log(.5)/[half-life in seconds]))/37000
  3. ^ http://www.chemicool.com/elements/erbium.html
  4. ^ http://mineralprices.com
  5. ^ http://www.chemicool.com/elements/holmium.html
  6. ^ Stephen B. Castor and James B. Hedrick. "Rare Earth Elements" (PDF). Retrieved 2009-06-06.
  7. ^ Gray, Theodore (2010). The Elements.
  8. ^ http://www.chemicool.com/elements/thulium.html
  9. ^ https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/18/831