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Berkelium (Bk): Fun Facts and Information About the Element


What is the symbol? Bk
What is the atomic number? 97
What is the atomic weight? 247
What is the melting point in Celsius? 986
What is the density (g/cm3)? 14.78
What year was it discovered? 1949
Who discovered the element? “Stanley G. Thompson, Glenn T. Seaborg ,Kenneth Street, Jr., Albert Ghiorso”
What group is the element in? 102
What is the ionization energy? 6.1979
What element category is it in? Actinoids

Where is Berkelium Found?

Berkelium probably has not yet been prepared in elemental form, but is expected to be a silvery metal, easily soluble in dilute mineral acids, and readily oxidized by air or oxygen at elevated temperatures to form the oxide.

What is Berkelium Used For?

Because of its rarity, berkelium presently has no commercial or technological use.