Palladium is a silvery-white shining, ductile metal. Due to its corrosion resistance, it is essential for electrical contacts and surgical instruments. Alloyed with gold, it becomes white gold, which is known through the jewelry industry.
In catalytic converters for petrol engines platinum has largely been replaced by palladium. Alloys based on nickel and palladium are used for electroplating contacts in the electrical industry. Palladium is used for chemical catalysts as well as for dental alloys. Meanwhile, it has also found its place in the jewelry industry. Micro-electrical condensers as well as the desalination of sea water are deemed to be one of the most important future technologies.