Uranium U

As the element of nuclear energy, uranium has fallen into disrepute at least since the reactor disasters in Chernobyl and Fukushima. For chemists, however, its electronic properties are very interesting and have been providing scientific highlights for a good decade. To the article about uranium on the Fascination Chemistry website.

You can listen to everything about uranium in two and a half minutes on the Deutschlandfunk Kultur podcast.

Lanthanides and actinides

In addition to lanthanum La, the lanthanides include the 14 elements listed below in the periodic table

Ce Ce
Praseodymium Pr
Neodymium Nd
Promethium Pm
Samarium Sm
Europium Eu
Gadolinium Gd
Terbium Tb
Dysprosium Dy
Holmium Ho
Erbium Er
Thulium Tm
Ytterbium Yb
Lutetium Lu

All are metals and chemically similar.

The actinides include actinium and the 14 following elements in the periodic table:

Thorium Th
Protactinium Pa
Uranium U
Neptunium Np
Plutonium pu
Americium Am
Curium cm
Berkelium Bk
Californium Cf
Einsteinium It
Fermium Fm
Mendelevium Md
Nobelium No.
Lawrencium Lr

All actinides are radioactive metals. The heaviest naturally occurring element is uranium with atomic number 92 (sometimes plutonium (94) is also mentioned as the heaviest naturally occurring element because it can occur in tiny traces through the decay of other elements in rocks).

back to the periodic table

back to the start page for the year of the periodic table

to our brochure Chemistry of the Elements

published June 2019 with articles on 43 elements (7 MB, 160 pages)

Photo: The "green salt" UF 4. (Florian Kraus, Phillips University Marburg)

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