Hassium Facts

Hassium Facts
Hassium (Hs) is a synthetic element with an atomic number of 108. This verifies that there are 108 protons present in the nucleus of hassium's atoms.
Interesting Hassium Facts:
Peter Armbruster, Gottfried Munzenberg, and their colleagues discovered hassium in 1984, around the same time that they discovered bohrium.
The element was named after Hesse, the German state.
A Soviet scientist, Victor Cherdyntsev, was the first to claim in 1968 that he had discovered naturally occurring hassium in a sample of molybdenite.
A Russian team was the first to attempt to synthesize hassium in 1978, but were unsuccessful.
Five years later, the same team attempted to produce other isotopes of hassium again, and synthesized Hs-270, Hs-264, and Hs-263.
A repeat of the experiment that first produced H-264 in 1983 was successful in 1984.
The highly controversial Transfermium Wars, referring to the elements after fermium in which the IUPAC settled disputes over elements 104 through 108, led to the assigning of a placeholder in position 108 until hassium could be synthesized.
The matter was not officially resolved until 1997.
As a radioactive, synthetic element, hassium does not occur naturally on Earth.
Hassium samples throughout its history have only included a handful of atoms.
The first sample of hassium was synthesized through a nuclear reaction that fused an isotope of lead with an isotope of iron, Pb-208 and Fe-58.
Hassium decays so quickly that researchers do not expect to ever see an observable amount of the element.
The element belongs to the group 8 series and is a member of the transactinide elements.
Despite not having observable samples, researchers theorize that it should behave much like the heavier elements in group 8, like osmium.
Should a large quantity of hassium ever be present, scientists expect it to be a silvery-colored metal that reacts quite readily with oxygen in the air to create a highly volatile tetroxide.
This chemical property theory is based on its position on the periodic table with respect to other elements in its groups.
Due to the radioactive nature of hassium's isotopes and the rate of decay, no primordial hassium is thought to exist on Earth.

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