Volume 92 Issue 13 | p. 24 | Concentrates
Issue Date: March 31, 2014

Actinide Surprises With Covalent Bonds

Green californium borate complex is unique among actinides, lanthanides
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Materials SCENE
Keywords: actinide, californium, covalent, f orbital

The conventional view of actinides is that they’re basically heavy lanthanides, with bonding driven by ionic interactions. A new study of a californium borate complex demonstrates that that view may be wrong. Wrap a Cf(III) center in polyborate chains and it looks much like a transition metal with covalent bonds to ligands, according to a team led by Thomas E. Albrecht-Schmitt of Florida State University; Laura Gagliardi of . . .

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