The electronic configuration of an atom of Seaborgium. (from Wikipedia)

Facts about Seaborgium:

  • Seaborgium: Seaborgium is a synthetic element so its properties are unknown, but it is expected to behave like Molybdenum and Tungsten.
  • Fun fact about Seaborgium: The element Seaborgium was named for Glenn T. Seaborg who helped first discover and synthesize it. It was the first element named after a living person which was very controversal at the time.
  • Chemical symbol: Sg
  • Atomic number: 106

A crystal structure celebrating Seaborgium:

This structure contains two actinide elements, Uranium (purple) and Plutonium (blue), as well as Carbon (grey), Oxygen (red), Phosphorus (orange), and Hydrogen (white).

Facts about this structure:

  • Formula: (C2 H10 O16 P4 Pu U)n
  • Structure name: catena-[bis(μ4-Hydrogen methylenediphosphonato-O,O',O'',O''',O'''')-diaqua-dioxo-[242Pu]plutonium(iv)-uranium(vi)]
  • Fun fact about the structure: This structure contains two actinide elements, Uranium and Plutonium, which Glenn Seaborg helped to discover. Through his research Seaborg and co-workers worked to discover ten heavy elements, and helped to arrange the actinide series in the Periodic Table
  • CSD refcode: DUGSEE (What's this?)
  • Associated publication: A.-G.D.Nelson, T.H.Bray, F.A.Stanley, T.E.Albrecht-Schmitt, Inorganic Chemistry, 2009, 48, 4530, DOI: 10.1021/ic900484w

More info:

Seaborgium is expected to behave like other members of Group 6 in the Periodic Table; Molybdenum and Tungsten.  Experiments done with compounds of Seaborgium confirm it behaves like other members of Group 6. Seaborgium is radioactive with a very short half life and only a very small amount of Seaborgium has been made. To date it has been used only for scientific study.  

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A visualisation showing the structure celebrating Seaborgium alongside other structures published in the same scientific article: