The Element Rutherfordium

What is Rutherfordium? Element Properties & Periodic Table Info

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Definition of the Rutherfordium Element
An artificially produced radioactive element. Rutherfordium is not found free in the environment, since it is a synthetic element. The Atomic Number of this element is 104 and the Element Symbol is Rf.

Origin / Meaning of the name Rutherfordium
Named in honor of Ernest Rutherford, a New Zealand chemist and physicist who won the Nobel prize for developing the theory of radioactive transformations.

 

Periodic Table Group and Classification of the of the Rutherfordium Element
Elements can be classified based on their physical states (States of Matter) e.g. gas, solid or liquid. This element is a solid. Rutherfordium is classified as a "Transition Metal" which are located in Groups 3 - 12 of the Periodic Table. Elements classified as Transition Metals are generally described as ductile, malleable, and able to conduct electricity and heat.Nearly 75% of all the elements in the Periodic Table are classified as metals which are detailed in the List of Metals.

Facts about the History and Discovery of the Rutherfordium Element and its other names
First synthesized at the Joint Nuclear Research Institute at Dubna, in Russia, in 1964 - leading to the name Dubnium (Db).
Rutherfordium was synthesized by Albert Ghiorso in 1969 at the University of California and named in honor of Ernest Rutherford, a New Zealand chemist and physicist.
Also named as Kurchatovium (Ku) in honor of Igor Vasilevich Kurchatov (1903-1960) the former Head of Soviet Nuclear Research
IUPAC - the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry adopted Unnilquadium (symbol Unq) as a temporary name

History of the Periodic Table
Check out the brief History of the Periodic Table which details dates and the names of famous scientists and chemists who contributed to the development of the Periodic Table.

Occurrence of the Rutherfordium Element
Man-made

Abundances of the element in different environments
% in Universe N/A
% in Sun None
% in Meteorites None
% in Earth's Crust None
% in Oceans None
% in Humans None

Associated Uses of Rutherfordium
No known uses

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The Properties of the Rutherfordium Element
Other Names: Unnilquadium (Unq), Dubnium (Db)
Symbol of Element : Rf
Atomic Number : 104
Atomic Mass: 261.0 amu
Melting Point: Unknown
Boiling Point: Unknown
Number of Protons/Electrons : 104
Number of Neutrons : 157
Crystal Structure: Unknown
Density: Unknown
Color : Unknown

The Properties of the Rutherfordium Element
Name of Element : Rutherfordium
Other Names: Unnilquadium (Unq), Dubnium (Db)
Symbol of Element : Rf
Atomic Number of Rutherfordium : 104
Atomic Mass: 261.0 amu
Melting Point: Unknown
Boiling Point: Unknown
Number of Protons/Electrons in Rutherfordium : 104
Number of Neutrons in Rutherfordium : 157
Crystal Structure: Unknown
Density: Unknown
Color of Rutherfordium : Unknown

Rutherfordium as on the Periodic Table
Check out Rutherfordium on the Periodic Table which arranges each chemical element according to its atomic number, as based on the Periodic Law, so that chemical elements with similar properties are in the same column. Our Periodic Table is simple to use - just click on the symbol for Rutherfordium as on the Periodic Table for additional information and for an instant comparison of the Atomic Weight, Melting Point, Boiling Point and Mass - G/cc with any other element. An invaluable source of facts and information as a Chemistry reference guide.

What is Rutherfordium - IUPAC and the Modern Standardised Periodic Table
The Standardised Periodic Table in use today was agreed by the International Union of Pure Applied Chemistry, IUPAC, in 1985 and now recognises more periods and elements than Dimitri  Mendeleev knew in his day in his day but still all fitting into his concept of  the "Periodic Table" in which Rutherfordium is just one element that can be found.

Learn about what is Rutherfordium with these fast facts...
These articles contain facts and information relating to Rutherfordium and each of the other elements including the Periodic Symbol,  group, classification, properties and atomic number which is often referred to as the Periodic Table Number. Test your knowledge of chemistry and the Periodic Table by completing the Element Symbols and Atomic Numbers on our Blank Periodic Table. Chemistry students will also find a helpful section on Chemical Formulas.

What is the Element Rutherfordium

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