What is Actinium? Origin / Meaning of the name Actinium
The name originates
from the Greek word 'aktinos' meaning ray or beam and is a one of
the "Rare Earth
Elements" found in the Actinide series of the Periodic Table.
What is Actinium? Periodic Table Group and Classification of the Actinium Element
Elements can be classified based on their physical states (States
of Matter) e.g. gas, solid or liquid. This element is a solid. Actinium
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 Actinium
Actinium was discovered by
Andre-Louis Debierne (14 July 1874 - 31 August 1949)
in France in 1899. Friedrich Otto Giesel independently discovered
actinium in 1902. André-Louis Debierne was a French chemist
and is considered the discoverer of the element actinium.
Debierne was a close friend of Pierre and Marie Curie and was
associated with their work.
What is Actinium? Occurrence of the Actinium Element
Actinium is found in trace
amounts in uranium ore.
Abundances of the element in different
% in Universe N/A
% in Sun None
% in Meteorites N/A
% in Earth's Crust N/A
% in Oceans N/A
% in Humans None
Associated Uses of Actinium
A neutron source