Advances in chemical investigations of the heaviest elements
1 Paul Scherrer Institut, Department Nuclear Energy and Safety, 5232 Villigen PSI, Switzerland
2 University of Bern, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, 3012 Bern, Switzerland
3 University of Bern, Albert Einstein Center for Fundamental Physics, 3012 Bern, Switzerland
Published online: 1 December 2016
Although somewhat in the shadow of the discoveries of new elements, experimental chemical investigations of the heaviest elements have made tremendous progress in the last decades. Indeed, it was possible to experimentally determine thermochemical properties of heavy transactinide elements such as copernicium or flerovium. But will it be possible to chemically study all currently known elements of the periodic table up to element 118? While it is experimentally feasible to work with single atoms, the short half-lives of even the longest currently known isotopes of elements 115 through 118 call for new experimental approaches.
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