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IYPT 2019 Elements 099: Einsteinium: Almost the first element named after a living person

Element 99 in our International Year of the Periodic Table series is einsteinium. Einsteinium was almost the first element to be named after a living person and has been used to synthesis other, heavier elements.

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#ChemistryAdvent #IYPT2019 – A different periodic table every day!

It’s that time of the year again – here’s another chemistry advent countdown, this year with an #IYPT2019 theme! Over the next 24 days, there’ll be a new periodic table every day, highlighting a variety of interesting facts or curiosities relating to the elements.

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IYPT 2019 Elements 098: Californium: Nuclear reactors and aircraft corrosion detection

Element 98 in our International Year of the Periodic Table series is californium. Californium is used to help start up nuclear reactors, in oil wells, and is also used to detect corrosion in aircraft parts.

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IYPT 2019 Elements 097: Berkelium: A short-lived target for making new elements

Element 97 in our International Year of the Periodic Table series is berkelium. Berkelium is short on applications but is used as a target in the production of even heavier elements.

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IYPT 2019 Elements 096: Curium: Radioactivity and space probe spectrometers

Element 96 in our International Year of the Periodic Table series is curium. Curium’s radioactivity limits its uses – but also enables its use as a source of alpha particles in space probe spectrometers.

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IYPT 2019 Elements 095: Americium: Smoke detectors and space battery alternative

Element 95 in our International Year of the Periodic Table series is americium. Americium is used in home smoke detectors and could also be used as an alternative to plutonium in space probes in the future.