|Atomic Mass||267 g.mol -1|
|Discovered by||Georgy Flerov and colleagues and at Dubna, near Moscow, Russia, and independently by Albert Ghiorso and colleagues at Berkeley, California, USA in 1964|
|Block||d||Density (g cm−3)||Unknown|
|Atomic number||104||Relative atomic mass|||
|State at 20°C||Solid||Key isotopes||265Rf|
|Electron configuration||[Rn]5f14 6d2 7s2||CAS number||53850-36-5|
|ChemSpider ID||11201447||ChemSpider is a free chemical structure database.|
What is Rutherfordium?
- Rutherfordium is a chemical element with atomic number 104 and symbol Rf, named in honor of New Zealand physicist Ernest Rutherford.
- It is a synthetic element ie., an element which is not found in nature but can be prepared in the laboratory.
- It can be created by bombarding Californium-249 with a Carbon-12 nuclei.
Uses of Rutherfordium
Presently, it does not have any uses or application except being used in research. As it is not found in nature, there is no chance of being affected by it.
Properties of Rutherfordium
- Rutherfordium is a d-block element, member of the 7th period and belongs to group 4 elements in the periodic table.
- It is a kind of trans-uranium and radioactive element which cannot be found in nature.
- It does not have any stable or naturally occurring isotopes.
- Many radioactive isotopes have been created in the lab, either by observing the decay of heavier metals or by fusing two elements.