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Inorganic chemistry

Fleeting glimpse of an elusive element

A heroic effort to characterize the chemistry of actinium, a short-lived radioactive element, reveals surprising differences in behaviour compared with other elements in the actinide series.

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Figure 1: Actinide contraction.


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Albrecht-Schmitt, T. Fleeting glimpse of an elusive element. Nature 536, 404–405 (2016).

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