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Inorganic chemistry

Cation o' nine tails

The field of actinide chemistry is still young, not least because the radioactivity of these elements makes them difficult to work with. A study now reveals details of how actinide compounds might behave in water.

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Figure 1: The structures of hydrated actinide ions.

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Arnold, P. Cation o' nine tails. Nature 466, 704–705 (2010). https://doi.org/10.1038/466704a

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