NMR properties:

Magnetogyric Ratio NMR frequency Natural abundance (NA) Nuclear spin (I) Quadrupole moment (Q) Reference sample
112 Cd
112 Cd


(L. cadmia; Gr. kadmeia - ancient name for calamine, zinc carbonate) Discovered by Stromeyer in 1817
from an impurity in zinc carbonate. Cadmium most often occurs in small quantities associated with zinc
ores, such as sphalerite (ZnS). Greenockite (CdS) is the only mineral of any consequence bearing
cadmium. Almost all cadmium is obtained as a by-product in the treatment of zinc, copper, and lead ores.
It is a soft, bluish-white metal which is easily cut with a knife. It is similar in many respects to zinc.
Failure to appreciate the toxic properties of cadmium may cause workers to be unwittingly exposed to
dangerous fumes. Silver solder, for example, which contains cadmium, should be handled with care.
Serious toxicity problems have been found from long-term exposure and work with cadmium plating
baths. Exposure to cadmium dust should not exceed 0.01 mg/m3 (8-hour time-weighted average, 40-hour
week). The ceiling concentration (maximum), for a period of 15 min, should not exceed 0.14 mg/m3.
Cadmium oxide fume exposure (8-hour, 40-hour week) should not exceed 0.05 mg/m3, and the
maximum concentration should not exceed 0.05 mg/m3. These values are presently being restudied and
recommendations have been made to reduce the exposure. In 1927 the International Conference on
Weights and Measures redefined the meter in terms of the wavelength of the red cadmium spectral line
(i.e. 1m = 1.553,164.13 wavelengths). This definition has been changed (see under Krypton).


Cadmium is a component of some of the lowest melting alloys; it is used in bearing alloys with low
coefficients of friction and great resistance to fatigue; it is used extensively in electroplating, which
accounts for about 60% of its use. It is also used in many types of solder, for standard E.M.F. cells, for
Ni-Cd batteries, and as a barrier to control nuclear fission. Cadmium compounds are used in black and
white television phosphors and in blue and green phosphors for color TV tubes. It forms a number of salts, of which the sulfate is most common; the sulfide is used as a yellow pigment. Cadmium and
solutions of its compounds are toxic.