Fermium

Written by J.A Dobado | Last Updated on April 22, 2024

Fermium element periodic table

Fermium is a synthetic radioactive chemical element with the atomic number 100. It is a silvery-white metal that is highly radioactive and toxic. Fermium is not found naturally on Earth and must be produced in a laboratory. The artificial element fermium is named after Italian Nobel laureate physicist Enrico Fermi. He built the first nuclear reactor in 1942, beginning the U.S. effort to build nuclear weapons during World War II. Fermium was first identified in the debris from an atomic bomb test in 1953. This unstable element has no known uses beyond research.

Fermium element periodic table

Electron configuration

The electron configuration of an element describes the arrangement of electrons in the atoms of that element, and be used to predict its chemical properties and reactivity.

In the electron configuration notation, the letters "s", "p", "d", and "f" represent the different types of atomic orbitals, and the superscripts indicate the number of electrons in each orbital. The orbitals are filled in a specific order, starting with the lowest energy orbital and working up.

electron configuration of element Fm

Symmary of properties (Fm)

Atomic weight[257]
Discoverer (year)Seaborg, Glenn T. (1952)
Natural formmetallic solid (-)
Electron configuration[Rn] 512 s2
M.p. (ºC)1527
B.p. (ºC)
Earth's crust abundance (ppm)sintético
Isotope (abundance %)
Density (g/cm3)
vdW radius (pm)245
Covalent radius (pm)167
Electronegativity (Pauling)1.3
Vaporisation enthalpy (Kj/mol)-
Fusion enthalpy (kJ/mol)-
Specific heat capacity (J/g·K) at 25ºC and 1 at-
Thermal conductivity (W/cm·K) at 25 ºC and 1 at-
Oxidation number3
Electronic affinity (eV)
1st Ionization energy (eV)6.5000

Definition of terms in the previous table

  • Atomic weight: The average mass of an element's atoms, typically given in atomic mass units (amu).
  • Natural form: The most stable and abundant form of an element that occurs naturally in the environment.
  • Electron configuration: The arrangement of electrons in an atom or molecule.
  • Melting point: The temperature at which a solid substance turns into a liquid.
  • Boiling point: The temperature at which a liquid substance turns into a gas.
  • Earth's crust abundance (ppm): The concentration of an element in the Earth's crust, typically given in parts per million (ppm).
  • Isotope (abundance %): A variant of an element that has the same number of protons in the nucleus, but a different number of neutrons. The abundance of an isotope is the percentage of the isotope in a sample of the element.
  • Density (g/cm3): The mass of a substance per unit volume.
  • vdW radius (pm): The radius of an atom or molecule as predicted by the van der Waals model, typically given in picometers (pm).
  • Covalent radius (pm): The distance from the center of an atom to the center of another atom with which it is bonded covalently, typically given in picometers (pm).
  • Electronegativity (Pauling): A measure of an atom's ability to attract electrons in a chemical bond, based on the Pauling scale.
  • Vaporisation enthalpy (kJ/mol): The amount of energy required to convert a substance from a liquid to a gas at a constant temperature.
  • Fusion enthalpy (kJ/mol): The amount of energy required to convert a substance from a solid to a liquid at a constant temperature.
  • Specific heat capacity (J/g·K) at 25ºC and 1 at: The amount of heat required to raise the temperature of 1 gram of a substance by 1 degree Celsius at a constant pressure.
  • Thermal conductivity (W/cm·K) at 25 ºC and 1 at: The ability of a substance to conduct heat, typically given in watts per centimeter per kelvin.
  • Oxidation number: A positive or negative integer that represents the number of electrons that an atom has gained or lost in a chemical compound.
  • Electronic affinity: The energy change associated with adding an electron to a neutral atom to form a negative ion.
  • 1st Ionization energy: The energy required to remove the most loosely bound electron from a neutral atom.
 

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