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Top 12 interesting facts about Neptunium
Neptunium was discovered in 1940 by Edwin McMillan and Phillip H. Abelson. Its name derives from the name of the planet Neptune.
Neptunium's melting point is at 640.0 C (913.15 K, 1184.0 F) and its boiling point is at 3902.0 C (4175.15 K, 7055.6 F).
Neptunium is a ductile, hard, and radioactive metal.
Neptunium is a fissionable element.
Neptunium has a silvery color and tarnishes in the air.
Most of neptunium is produced in nuclear reactors as a by-product.
Neptunium is also found in uranium ores in very small amounts as a decay product of other isotopes.
All neptunium's isotopes are unstable and the most stable isotope of neptunium is 237-neptunium.
Neptunium is used in detectors of high-energy neutrons.
Neptunium is used as a precursor in plutonium production.
Neptunium could be used as fuel for fast neutron reactors and in nuclear weapons.
Neptunium does not have any biological role.
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