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Name Berkelium Symbol Bk
atomic number 97 Atomic weight (247)
Density @ 293 K ? Atomic volume ?
Group Rare Earth, Actinides discovered 1949


state (s, l, g) s
melting point 1259.2 K boiling point K
Heat of fusion ? Heat of vaporization ?
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1st ionization energy 601 kJ/mole electronegativity 1.3
2nd ionization energy kJ/mole electron affinity kJ/mole
3rd ionization energy kJ/mole Specific heat ?
heat atomization kJ/mole atoms

Oxidation & Electrons

Shells 2,8,18,32,26,9,2 electron configuration [Rn] 5f9 7s2
minimum oxidation number 0 maximum oxidation number 4
min. common oxidation no. 0 max. common oxidation no. 3
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Appearance & Characteristics

structure fcc: face-centered cubic color silvery
uses toxicity
hardness mohs characteristics Radioactive


reaction with air reaction with 6M HCl
reaction with 6M HCl reaction with 15M HNO3
reaction with 6M NaOH
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Other Forms

number of isotopes 0 hydride(s)
oxide(s) BkO Bk2O3 BkO2 chloride(s) BkCl3


ionic radius (2- ion) pm ionic radius (1- ion) pm
atomic radius 170 pm ionic radius (1+ ion) pm
ionic radius (2+ ion) pm ionic radius (3+ ion) 110 pm
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thermal conductivity J/m-sec-deg electrical conductivity 1/mohm-cm
polarizability 22.7 A^3


source Synthetic rel. abund. solar system log
abundance earth's crust log cost, pure $/100g
cost, bulk $/100g
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