Nuclear chemistry

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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    The first element to be identified one atom at a time was named after the main architect of the modern periodic table. This seemingly straightforward etymological choice illustrates how scientific recognition can eclipse geopolitical tensions, says Anne Pichon.

    • Anne Pichon
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    Michelle Francl suggests that we should expand our view of the periodic table to new dimensions.

    • Michelle Francl
    Nature Chemistry 11, 101-102
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    Yuri Oganessian relates the story of the formation and decay of a doubly odd moscovium nucleus.

    • Yuri Oganessian
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    At its inception, the periodic table sorted elements by weight, so it may be surprising that the heaviest natural element on Earth remains controversial, or at best, nebulous. In the strange, perhaps-unfinished search for this weightiest nucleus, the only definitive conclusion is that it lies somewhere beyond uranium.

    • Brett F. Thornton
    •  & Shawn C. Burdette
    Nature Chemistry 11, 4-10
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    The periodic table as we know it now seems complete, its current 118 elements nicely fitting in the seven familiar rows. How many more can be synthesized — and how will the table expand to accommodate them? The search for ever-heavier elements is pointing towards new periods, though perhaps not as neatly ordered as the first seven.

    • Hiromitsu Haba
    Nature Chemistry 11, 10-13