Rutherfordium Properties, Molecular Formula, Applications - WorldOfChemicals

Rutherfordium Properties




Rutherfordium is a radioactive synthetic element, named in honor of New Zealand physicist Ernest Rutherford. In the 1960s, small amounts of rutherfordium were produced in laboratories in the former Soviet Union and in California. The priority of the discovery and therefore the naming of the element was disputed between Soviet and American scientists, and it was not until 1997 that International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) established rutherfordium as the official name for the element.

Chemical Properties

Atomic Number 104
Atomic Weight 261.11 g/mol
Block d
Boiling Point 5500 °C
CAS Number 53850-36-5
Density 23 g/cm3
Electron Configuration 1s2 2s2 2p6 3s2 3p6 3d10 4s2 4p6 5s2 4d10 5p64f14 5d10 6s2 6p6 5f14 6d2 7s2
Group 4
Ionization Energy 490 KJ/mol
Melting Point 2100 °C
Oxidation State +4
Period 7
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