Top 10 most dense metals

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We all love metals. You’ll probably have something metallic in your wallet. Or how about the keys to your home. Your car. Your bike. Your kitchen appliances. Kitchen utensils. Your tools. A can of beer in your fridge. Metal is the cornerstone of our life. But it’s heavy. Especially the ones mentioned in the list below.


Some of these dense metals are well known. So how much does one cubic centimeter of the following metals weigh in grams (gr)? Which metal has the highest density? What are the most dense metals and what is its primary use? Find out more in our top-10 list of most dense metals.

Most dense metals

  1. Silver – 10,49 gr/cm³: currency, jewelry, dentistry, photography
  2. Lead – 11,34 gr/cm³: used as electrodes in the process of electrolysis
  3. Palladium – 12,16 gr/cm³: catalytic converters; watch-making, production of surgical instruments
  4. Mercury – 13,59 gr/cm³: electronic applications
  5. Uranium – 18,90 gr/cm³: high-density penetrators; fuel for nuclear power plants
  6. Gold – 19,32 gr/cm³: money, investment, jewelry
  7. Tungsten / Wolfram – 19,60 gr/cm³: heavy metal alloys and steels; used in kinetic energy penetrators
  8. Plutonium – 19,80 gr/cm³: fissile component in nuclear weapons; electrical power generation
  9. Platinum – 21,40 gr/cm³: mainly used as a catalyst in chemical reactions
  10. Osmium – 22,61 gr/cm³: often alloyed with other metals, used in tips of fountain pens

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