Periodic Table of Elements

Element Berkelium - Bk

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Overview of Berkelium

Berkelium's Name in Other Languages

  • Latin: Berkelium
  • Czech: Berkelium
  • Croatian: Berkelij
  • French: Berkelium
  • German: Berkelium - s
  • Italian: Berkelio
  • Norwegian: Berkelium
  • Portuguese: Berquélio
  • Russian: Берклий
  • Spanish: Berkelio
  • Swedish: Berkelium

Atomic Structure of Berkelium

Chemical Properties of Berkelium

Physical Properties of Berkelium

Regulatory / Health

  • CAS Number
    • 7440-40-6
  • NFPA 704
    • Health:
    • Fire:
    • Reactivity:
    • Special Hazard: Radioactive<
    • OSHA Permissible Exposure Limit (PEL)
      • No limits set by OSHA
    • OSHA PEL Vacated 1989
      • No limits set by OSHA
    • NIOSH Recommended Exposure Limit (REL)
      • No limits set by NIOSH
    • Levels In Humans:
      Note: this data represents naturally occuring levels of elements in the typical human, it DOES NOT represent recommended daily allowances.
      • Blood/mg dm-3: nil
      • Bone/p.p.m: nil
      • Liver/p.p.m: nil
      • Muscle/p.p.m: nil
      • Daily Dietary Intake: nil
      • Total Mass In Avg. 70kg human: nil

    Who / Where / When / How

    • Discoverer: G.T.Seaborg, S.G.Tompson, A.Ghiorso, G.T.Seaborg, S.G.Tompson, A.Ghiorso
    • Discovery Location: Berkeley California United States
    • Discovery Year: 1949
    • Name Origin:
      After Berkeley the home town of the University of California.
    • Abundance of Berkelium:
      • Earth's Crust/p.p.m.: nil
      • Seawater/p.p.m.: nil
      • Atmosphere/p.p.m.: nil
      • Sun (Relative to H=1E12): N/A
    • Sources of Berkelium:
      Some compounds have been made and studied. Made by bombarding americium with alpha particles. Total world production is probably less than one gram per year.
    • Uses of Berkelium:
      None known
    • Additional Notes:
      Berkelium is only found in nuclear facilities and nuclear research facilities. It is extremely dangerous because it is a very powerful source of radiation, however, one is highly unlikely to ever be exposed to it.

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