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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News and Comment

  • Comments & Opinion |

    Chemical synthesis typically draws on the roughly 90 elements found in nature and transforms them into fantastic things, which serve all imaginable needs of humankind. However, there are more than just these 90 elements in the periodic table. The synthesis of the heaviest elements, one atom at a time, is discussed here.

    • Christoph E. Düllmann
    Nature Synthesis 1, 105-106
  • Comments & Opinion
    | Open Access

    Superheavy elements are ideal for furthering our understanding of relativistic effects and how they affect physicochemical properties of heavy elements. In this comment, the author discusses the role of chemistry in the synthesis of new elements before addressing the future challenges concerning the chemical characterization of superheavy elements.

    • Patrick Steinegger
  • News & Views |

    Superheavy elements are short-lived and only available on a single-atom level, making their chemical properties very challenging to study. Now, through their co-precipitation with samarium, single atoms of rutherfordium have been shown to form hydroxide complexes but not ammine ones.

    • Alexander Yakushev
    Nature Chemistry 13, 213-215
  • Comments & Opinion
    | Open Access

    Understanding the biogeochemistry of radionuclides in the environment is essential for effective isolation of nuclear waste in repositories, management of contaminated sites, ensuring long-term protection of our ecosystems, and limiting impacts on human health. Here the authors discuss the extreme complexity of this multidimensional chemistry problem, highlighting the outstanding open questions for the next generations of environmental radiochemists.

    • Gauthier J.-P. Deblonde
    • , Annie B. Kersting
    •  & Mavrik Zavarin