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"The Chemistry of the Actinide Elements (the second edition is shown here) is the most definitive and comprehensive book on the subject available for all those who work with these substances in the fields of inorganic chemistry, nuclear chemistry, metallurgy, spectroscopy, solid state science, and environmental science." (From the dust jacket of the second edition.) The 3rd edition will be published in 2004.

Chemistry Authors Contribute to Actinide Chemistry Book

Four researchers in Chemistry Division have been selected to contribute to book chapters for the third edition of The Chemistry of the Actinide Elements. This book is in a class by itself as a resource and has been called the "bible" for plutonium and actinide chemists. Being asked to contribute a chapter to this book is a mark of considerable distinction for the Laboratory as well as for the authors, and it highlights just how well respected they are internationally. The book has 69 contributing authors from such diverse places as Germany, France, India, Japan, Russia, Sweden, Israel, and Poland. Eleven of the contributing United States authors are from Los Alamos.

Chemistry Division Contributors

Dr. Mary Neu, Deputy Group Leader for the Actinide, Catalysis, and Separations Chemistry group is contributing to "Chapter 7: Plutonium." Other authors contributing to this chapter are Dr. David Clark and Dr. Gordon Jarvinen of Los Alamos's NMT Division, and Dr. Siegfried Hecker of Los Alamos's MST Division.

Dr. Wolfgang Runde of Chemistry's Isotope and Nuclear Chemistry group is contributing to "Chapter 8: Americium." His co-author is Dr. Wallace Schultz of Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Dr. David Hobart of Chemistry's Actinide Analytical Chemistry group is contributing to "Chapter 10: Berkelium." His co-author is Joseph R. Peterson of Knoxville, Tennessee.

Dr. Carol Burns, Deputy Division Director for Chemistry Division, is working on two chapters: "Chapter 25: Organoactinide chemistry: Synthesis and characterization," and "Chapter 26: Organoactinide chemistry: Reactivity in catalytic processes." Also contributing to this chapter is Dr. Moris Eisen of Israel.

The first edition of the book was published in 1957 and was written by J.J. Katz and the eminent Glenn Seaborg, discoverer of plutonium. In 1986, a much-expanded two volume second edition was published, and the format was changed. Seaborg, Katz, and L.R. Morss acted as editors and gathered input from other experts in the field. The third edition, which is slated for publication in 2004, will consist of three volumes. Volume one will cover the actinide and transactinide elements themselves, and the second volume will deal with their collective properties (that is, what generalizations can be made about the actinides as a group). Volume three will deal with the broader issues surrounding the actinides, such as actinde waste forms, actinide behavior in the geosphere, bioinorganic actinide chemistry, and many other topic.

posted 9/02

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