Issue Date: February 1, 2016
Relativity Could Alter Superheavy Bonding
For decades, chemists have hypothesized that relativistic effects could alter the bonding properties of superheavy elements. These effects come into play when the charge on an atom’s nucleus becomes so large that its electrons orbit close to the speed of light. A new theoretical study from a team led by Jun Li at Tsinghua University adds more intrigue to the idea, suggesting that diatomic molecules made of superheavy group VI elements have . . .
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