Manganese is part of group 7 or 7B of the periodic table, which are classified as transition metals. Aside from manganese, technetium, rhenium and bohrium also belong to the same family. The group has no special designation.
Manganese has the chemical symbol Mn and atomic number 25. It is typically silver in color, and it has a rigid and brittle structure. Manganese is an important component in the steel industry.
The transition metals, also known as the B-group elements or the d-block elements, are arranged in the center of the periodic table. Manganese, along with scandium, vanadium, titanium, cobalt, iron, copper, nickel, chromium, titanium and zinc comprise the period 4 transition metals. These metals are generally excellent thermal and electrical conductors.