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Berkelium Properties




Berkelium is a synthetic transuranium element. It is named after the city of Berkeley, California, the location of the University of California Radiation Laboratory where it was discovered in December 1949.Berkelium is a soft, silvery-white, radioactive actinide metal. In the periodic table, it is located to the right of the actinide curium, to the left of the actinide californium and below the lanthanide terbium with which it shares many similarities in physical and chemical properties.

Chemical Properties

Appearance Silvery Solid
Atomic Number 97
Atomic Weight 247 g/mol
Block f
Boiling Point 709.8 °C
CAS Number 7440-40-6
Crystal Structure Hexagonal Close-Packed
Density 14.78 g/cm3
Electron Configuration [Rn]5f9 7s2
Ionization Energy 601 KJ/mol
Melting Point 986 °C
Oxidation State 3,4
Period 7
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