The name is derived from the Spanish word ‘plata’, meaning small silver. It was discovered in the 16th century and its chemical symbol is Pt.
Platinum is very hard, unyielding and corrosion resistant. It only reacts with Fluor. It is used in weights and measures, in electronic gadgets, precision instruments and laboratory beakers.
It is is also used as a catalyst in many chemical reactions, amongst others in the catalyst converters of car exhausts.