As a synthetic element with a very short half-life, there is not much information about Nihonium. While it belongs to the same group as Boron, Alumiunum, Gallium, Indium and Thallium, it is expected that the +1 cation of Nihonium will behave more like silver. For this entry, we chose a Silver(I) complex published by a team of Japanese researchers. The Silver(I) complex has antimicrobial properties, though Nihonium(I) is not expected to be stable enough to form such complexes. It is extremely radioactive, which may carry antimicrobial effects - though for a completely different reason!
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