To date, 118 chemical elements have been found. Professor Mario Markus, Max Planck Institute for Molecular Physiology, Dortmund, Germany, takes a look at each element, presenting a poem based on its natural properties along with a scientific overview of each element.
All 118 poems – as well as some poems about elements that only exist in theoretical simulations – are published in the book Chemical Poems: One On Each Element by Mario Markus. ChemViews Magazine publishes a selection of these poems.
As yet undiscovered element. It is assumed that one could find its traces in meteorites. Calculations show that it would be radioactive and a liquid metal at room temperature. Its chemical reactivity would be greater than that of cesium and francium: it would react violently with water and explode in the air. It would combine with gold, similarly to cesium, forming aurides, i.e., gold salts. If discovered, it would disintegrate, through emission of alpha particles, one after another to the elements 117, 115, and 113.
To obtain this element, it is being planned to shoot krypton at bismuth, rubidium at lead, or calcium at strontium .
 R. W. Lougheed et al., Phys. Rev. C 1985, 32, 1760–1763.
Professor Mario Markus
Max Planck Institute for Molecular Physiology, Dortmund, Germany.
Dos Madres Press 2013.
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