Nuclear chemistry

Definition

Nuclear chemistry is concerned with the properties of and changes to atomic nuclei, as opposed to traditional chemistry, which involves properties and changes related to the electronic structure of atoms and molecules. The topic includes, for example, the study of radioactivity and nuclear reactions.

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    Adrian Dingle tells the story of how the name of element 109 represents the lasting recognition that one of the greatest nuclear physicists was in danger of never receiving.

    • Adrian Dingle
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    Brett F. Thornton and Shawn C. Burdette relate how element 100 was first identified in a nuclear weapons test, but that was classified information, so researchers had to 'discover' it again using other methods.

    • Brett F. Thornton
    •  & Shawn C. Burdette
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    From secretive beginnings to serving in missions on Mars, Rebecca J. Abergel and Eric Ansoborlo take a look at the glowing mark curium has left on contemporary science and technology.

    • Rebecca J. Abergel
    •  & Eric Ansoborlo
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    Giovanni Baccolo relates tales of tantalum, an element known, and named, for its inertness, yet one that holds some surprises, such as a naturally occurring nuclear isomer.

    • Giovanni Baccolo
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    Thomas Albrecht-Schmitt explains the origin of element 98's striking green glow, and why the future for californium chemistry is just as bright.

    • Thomas Albrecht-Schmitt