Moscovium - Mc
Chemical properties of Moscovium - Health effects of Moscovium - Environmental effects of ununpetium
|Electronegativity acoording to Pauling||unknown|
|Discovered by||Scientists from the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research in Dubna, Russia, and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California in 2003|
Moscovium is the temporary name of a arificially produced radioactive chamical element that has the temporary symbol Mc and has the atomic number 115. It was discovered from the bombardment of atoms of Americium-243 with ions of calcium-48. Among the product of the bombardment were four atoms of Moscovium which in less than 1/10 second decayed into atoms of ununtritium.
The name Moscovium is used as a placeholder, such as in scientific articles about the search for Element 115; it is a Latinate way of saying "one-one-five-ium" ("ium" being a standard ending for element names). Such transuranic elements are always artificially produced, and usually end up being named for a scientist.
From its position in the periodic table, in group 15 below bismuth, this element should have the physical properties of a heavy metal and it should be possible for it to have two kinds of chemistry, corresponding to the oxidation states M(III) and M(V) with the former being more stable.
As it is so unstable, any amount formed would decompose to other elements so quickly that there’s no reason to study its effects on human health.
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