Seaborgium Facts

Seaborgium Facts
Seaborgium (Sg) is a synthetic element with an atomic number of 106, and 106 protons in the nucleus of its atoms. No observable amount of the element has ever produced, so its appearance, melting point, and boiling point are unknown.
Interesting Seaborgium Facts:
Seaborgium was another element whose discovery was claimed by both a Soviet team of researchers and a US team out of Berkley, California.
The Soviet team isolated the element by bombarding a lead target with chromium isotopes.
The Berkley researches synthesized seaborgium by bombarding an oxygen isotope target with ions of californium.
The resulting argument over discovery led to lengthy controversy among the scientific community due to the naming of seaborgium after Nobel Prize-winner Glenn Seaborg.
The controversy surrounding the credit for discovery and the resulting name led the IUPAC to establish the rule that no element can be named after a living person.
This rule was shot down due to its polarizing nature, especially considering einsteinium was named after Einstein during his lifetime.
An ongoing controversy over elements 104 through 108 was finally resolved by the IUPAC in 1997.
Seaborgium is thought to be the third element in the 6d series of transition metals, and the heaviest member of group six.
This puts seaborgium lower chromium, molybdenum, and tungsten.
Its position in the table means seaborgium is expected to be in a stable +6 state.
Much of what is theorized about seaborgium's chemical properties comes from its relationship to molybdenum and tungsten.
In 1974, a Soviet team attempted to synthesize seaborgium by a cold fusion reaction.
Their results included evidence of a .48-second spontaneous fission reaction due to the isotope Sg-259.
As recently as 2000, a team in France was able to isolate a ten-gram sample of seaborgium's isotope Sg-261.
Seaborgium has twelve known isotopes.
The most stable isotope of Sg has a half-life of about 2.1 minutes.
Other isotopes have half-lives of as short as three milliseconds.
The most recently created isotope of seaborgium was synthesized in 2010.
Due to its limited sample size and non-naturally occurring prevalence, there are no known uses for seaborgium.

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