Promethium bound: New study uncovers rare earth element's properties

Researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory have detailed the chemical properties of promethium, a rare earth element first discovered at the same lab 80 years ago. Using a unique chemical complex, they characterized promethium in solution for the first time, revealing insights into its bonding and size, and confirming the phenomenon of lanthanide contraction. This work fills a significant gap in lanthanide chemistry and has implications for technologies like cancer treatments and renewable energy.

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