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The Element Berkelium


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What is Berkelium as on the Periodic Table? Definition of the Berkelium Element
A radioactive transuranic element; discovered by bombarding americium with Helium. A transuranic element means an element with atoms heavier than those of Uranium with an atomic number greater than 92. The Atomic Number of this element is 97 and the Element Symbol is Bk. Berkelim metal is attacked by Oxygen, steam and acids, but not by alkalis.

The Properties of the Berkelium Element
Symbol of Element : Bk
Atomic Number: 97
Atomic Mass: (247.0) amu
Melting Point: Unknown
Boiling Point: Unknown
Number of Protons/Electrons: 97
Number of Neutrons: 150
Crystal Structure: Unknown
Density @ 293 K: Unknown
Color: Unknown

What is Berkelium? Origin / Meaning of the name Berkelium
Berkelium is a synthetic radioactive element and was named after Berkeley, California. USA

What is Berkelium? Periodic Table Group and Classification of the Berkelium Element
Elements can be classified based on their physical states (States of Matter) e.g. gas, solid or liquid. This element is a solid. Berkelium classified as an element in the Actinide series as one of the "Rare Earth Elements" which can located in Group 3 elements of the Periodic Table and in the 6th and 7th periods. The Rare Earth Elements are of the Lanthanide and Actinide series. Most of the elements in the Actinide series are synthetic or man-made. Nearly 75% of all the elements in the Periodic Table are classified as metals which are detailed in the List of Metals.

Facts about the Discovery and History of the Berkelium Element
Berkelium was first synthesized by Glenn T. Seaborg, Albert Ghiorso, Stanley G. Thompson, and Kenneth Street, Jr at the University of California, Berkeley, USA in 1949. Its discovery is credited to Glenn T. Seaborg.

Glenn T. Seaborg
The American scientist Glenn T. Seaborg (1912 - 1999) won the 1951 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for "discoveries in the chemistry of the transuranium elements". Glenn Seaborg contributed to the discovery and isolation of ten elements: plutonium, americium, curium, berkelium, californium, einsteinium, fermium, mendelevium, nobelium and element 106, which was named seaborgium in his honor whilst he was still living. Glenn Seaborg also developed the actinide concept, which led to the current arrangement of the actinoid series in the periodic table of the elements.

What is Berkelium? Occurrence of the Berkelium Element

Abundances of the element in different environments
% in Universe N/A
% in Sun None
% in Meteorites None
% in Earth's Crust None
% in Oceans None
% in Humans None

Associated Uses of Berkelium
No known uses

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