chemical element with the atomic number of 93 and symbol Np

Neptunium is a chemical element that has the symbol Np on the periodic table. It has the atomic number 93 which means it has 93 protons and electrons in its atoms. It is named after the planet Neptune in the same way as Uranium is named after the planet Uranus.

The planet Neptune, which neptunium is named after

Neptunium was discovered in the year of 1940 by two men named Edwin McMillan and Phillip H. Abelson at Berkeley Radiation Center of the University of California.[1]

Neptunium is a silvery-metallic element and is radioactive. Its melting point is 637 degrees Celsius and its boiling point is 4000 degrees Celsius. Its atomic mass is 237.

References Edit

  1. McMillan, Edwin; Abelson, Philip Hauge (1940-06-15). "Radioactive Element 93". Physical Review. 57 (12): 1185–1186. doi:10.1103/PhysRev.57.1185.2.