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    PLUTONIUM
    94
    Pu
    [ 244 ]


    Name: plutoniumGroup number: 0
    Symbol: PuGroup name: Actinoid
    Atomic number: 94Period number: 7
    Atomic weight: [ 244 ]Block: f-block
    CAS Registry ID: 7440-07-5Voice:
    Standard state: solid at 298 KColour: silvery white
    Classification: MetallicAvailability:

    plutonium dioxide
    Plutonium dioxide, PuO2. Image adapted with permission from Prof James Marshall"s (U. North Texas, USA) Walking Tour of the elements CD.

    Plutonium was the second transuranium element of the actinide series to be discovered. By far of greatest importance is the isotope 239Pu, which has a half-life of more than 20000 years. One kilogram is equivalent to about 22 million kilowatt hours of heat energy. The complete detonation of a kilogram of plutonium produces an explosion equal to about 20000 tons of chemical explosive. The various nuclear applications of plutonium are well known. The isotope 233Pu was used in the American Apollo lunar missions to power seismic and other equipment on the lunar surface. Plutonium contamination is an emotive environmental problem.

    Isolation

    Here is a brief summary of the isolation of plutonium.

    coming soon!

    Fluorides
  • PuF3
  • PuF4
  • PuF6
  • Chlorides
  • PuCl3
  • Bromides
  • PuBr3
  • Iodides
  • PuI3
  • Hydrides
  • PuH2
  • PuH3
  • Oxides
  • PuO
  • PuO2
  • Pu2O3
  • Sulfides
  • PuS
  • Pu2S3
  • Selenides
  • PuSe
  • Tellurides
    none listed
    Nitrides
  • PuN






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