• Name: Berkelium

  • Symbol: Bk

  • Number of Energy Levels: 7

  • Electrons on the outer energy level: 2

  • Atomic Number: 97

  • Atomic Mass: 247 Amu

  • Protons / Electrons: 97

  • Neutrons: 150

  • Density: 14.78 g/cm3

  • Classification: Rare Earth

Top 11 interesting facts about Berkelium

  • Berkelium was discovered in 1949 by G. T. Seaborg. It was named after Berkley, California.
  • Berkelium's melting point is at 986.0 C (1259 K, 1807.0 F) and its boiling point is at 2627 C (2900 K ​, ​4760 F).
  • Berkelium is a soft and silver metal.
  • Berkelium is very radioactive.
  • Berkelium is used just for research purposes.
  • Berkelium is produced in nuclear reactors mainly in the USA and Russia.
  • Over 20 isotopes of berkelium are known; all of them are radioactive.
  • Berkelium-247 has the longest half-life, 1380 years.
  • Berkelium-247 can maintain chain reaction therefore it could be use as nuclear fuel.
  • Berkelium is use to prepare heavier elements.
  • Berkelium is found on Earth in the areas where atomic tests took place.