Hassium

By: Haidyn Hank - Block 1

Introduction to Hassium

Hassium may only exist in traces on Earth or may have completely decayed due to radiation over a long period of time. It is synthetic, meaning it is man-made and not found in nature. Currently, Hassium is only used for research and not much is known about it. Hassium is predicted to have a bulk density of 41 g/cm3, the most dense measured element, and is expected to be of a silvery color. Expected chemical properties are similar to that of osmium and it has been concluded that hassium's basic properties resemble other group 8 elements. Hassium has no stable or naturally-occurring isotopes. According to Wikipedia, several radioactive isotopes have been synthesized in the laboratory, either by fusing two atoms or by observing the decay of heavier elements. Hassium's reactivity with air, water, halogens, acids, and bases is unknown. Hassium has no known common compounds.

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Hassium Story

Hassium is a transition metal and a solid. It has an estimated atomic radius of 126 pm and an estimated covalent radius of 134 pm. It is radioactive and is a synthetic element created by a German research team. Hassium is a D-block transactinide. It is found in the seventh period and the eighth group on the periodic table. Hassium is expected to be in the platinum group metals.

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"Hassium." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 19 Feb. 2013. Web. 19 Feb. 2013.


"Hassium." - Element Information, Properties and Uses. N.p., n.d. Web. 19 Feb. 2013.