2015 Royal Society of New Zealand Rutherford Lecture

Going super heavy – the end of the periodic table of elements

Distinguished Professor Peter Schwerdtfeger, Massey University

7 pm Thursday, 13 August, PNBHS Speirs Centre, Featherson Street, Palmerston North

The first periodic table of the elements was proposed in 1869. It was compiled by arranging the elements in ascending order of atomic weight, grouped by chemical properties. At that time it was not known how high in atomic weight the elements could go before becoming too unstable and decaying.  But in the last decade we have seen the production of new elements up to nuclear charge 118.  So just how heavy can elements go and what can chemists do with such exotic elements? Where does the periodic table end?

All warmly welcome.