Twelve Los Alamos scientists, along with other recognized experts worldwide, were invited to co-author the 3rd Edition of a classic text, The Chemistry of the Actinide and Transactinide Elements. The book was edited by Lester Morss, Norman Edelstein, and Jean Fuger. It will be released in the summer of 2006 by Springer Publishers. The five-volume set (also available in CD format) is critically acclaimed as the most authoritative and comprehensive compilation of the chemical properties of the actinide and transactinide elements to date and will be the definitive work on actinides for the next 25 years.
The 1st Edition, The Chemistry of the Actinide Elements, edited by Joe Katz and Glenn Seaborg, was published in 1957. At that time, some of the heavier actinide elements and the entire transactinide series. The 2nd Edition of The Chemistry of the Actinide Elements was edited by Katz, Seaborg, and Morss and published in 1986 by Chapman and Hall, London and New York. The 3rd Edition will include a contemporary and definitive compilation of the chemical properties of all of the actinide and transactinide elements from actinium (atomic number 89) through hassium (atomic number 108). In addition, this five-volume set includes review chapters on specialized topics such as electronic theory, spectroscopy, organoactinide chemistry, thermodynamics, magnetic properties, coordination chemistry, environmental science, and much more. The editors invited teams of active practitioners and recognized experts in their specialty to write each chapter and have endeavored to provide a balanced and insightful treatment of these fascinating elements.
LANL staff contributed to the following chapters:
Plutonium by David L. Clark (NMT-DO), Siegfried Hecker (MST-DO), Gordon Jarvinen (NMT-DO), and Mary Neu (ADSR)
Americium by Wolfgang Runde (C-SIC) and Wallace W. Schultz (Albuquerque, NM)
Curium by Gregg J. Lumetta (PNNL), Major C. Thompson (SRNL, Retired), Robert Penneman (LANL Retired) and P. Gary Eller (LANL Retired)
Berkelium by David E. Hobart (C-AAC) and Joseph R. Peterson (UTK-ORNL, Retired)
Theoretical Studies of the Electronic Structure of Compounds of the Actinides by Jeffrey Hay (T-12), Jun Li (PNNL), Jean-Philippe Blaudeau (HPT, Wright-Patterson AFB), and Bruce E. Bursten (UTK)
5-f Electron Phenomena in the Metallic State by Aloysius J. Arko (LANL Retired), John J. Joyce (MST-10), and L. Havela (Charles Univ., Czech Republic)
Organoactinide Chemistry: Synthesis and Characterization by Carol Burns (C-INC) and Moris Eisen (Technion, Isreal)
Homogeneous and Heterogeneous Catalytic Processes by Organoactinides by Carol Burns (C-INC) and Moris Eisen (Technion, Isreal)