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Nobelium (No): Actinides

Nobelium (No)

What is Nobelium?

Nobelium (No), synthetic chemical element of the actinoid series of the periodic table, atomic number 102. The element was named after Swedish chemist Alfred Nobel. Not occurring in nature, nobelium was first claimed by an international team of scientists working at the Nobel Institute of Physics in Stockholm in 1957. They reported synthesis of an isotope of element 102 (either isotope 253 or 255) that decayed by emitting alpha particles with a half-life of about 10 minutes. They named it nobelium. Continue reading from Encyclopedia Britannica

The History

Research scientists at the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research in Dubna, Russia synthesized nobelium for the first time in 1966.

‘Nobelium’ had actually been proposed as the element 102’s name in 1957, by scientists from the Nobel Institute of Physics in Sweden who believed they had produced it. Further investigations ruled out the possibility they had made nobelium.

A stronger claim to have made nobelium was made in 1958 by scientists at the University of California, Berkeley.

After reviewing all claims IUPAC (International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry) ruled that the discovery was most likely to have been made in Dubna in 1966. Continue reading from Chemicool

Nobelium Facts

Nobelium is a member of the actinide series and little is known about it. There are 10 recognized isotopes of nobelium. Nobelium is artificially produced, and it has never been made in great quantities. It can be produced through bombarding Curium-246 with Carbon-12 ions. Because nobelium has only been produced in small quantities, its only use is within scientific research. Continue reading from Live Science

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