Going Super Heavy

Tuesday, 18th August 2015 at 6pm - 9:30pm

Location: Royal Society Rooms, Thorndon, Wellington

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1. 2015 Rutherford Lectures: Going super heavy – the end of the periodic table of elements

Going-super-heavy-home2The first periodic table of the elements was proposed in 1869. It was compiled by arranging the elements in ascending order of atomic weight, grouped by chemical properties. At that time it was not known how high in atomic weight the elements could go before becoming too unstable and decaying.  But in the last decade we have seen the production of new elements up to nuclear charge 118.  So just how heavy can elements go and what can chemists do with such exotic elements? Where does the periodic table end?

Distinguished Professor Peter Schwerdtfeger FRSNZ currently holds a chair in Theoretical Chemistry at Massey University and serves as Director of the Centre of Theoretical Chemistry and Physics. His research is diverse, ranging from theoretical chemistry and physics to computer science and mathematics. He won the 2014 Rutherford Medal, awarded by the Royal Society of New Zealand.

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  • PALMERSTON NORTH | 7pm Thursday 13 August| Speirs Centre, Palmerston North Boys High School, Featherston Street| Palmerston North tickets
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