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Top 16 interesting facts about Technetium
Technetium was discovered in 1937 by Carlo Perrier. Technetium's name derives from the Greek word "technetos" which means "artificial".
Technetium's melting point is at 2200.0 C (2473.15 K, 3992.0 F) and its boiling point is at 2200.0 C (2473.15 K, 3992.0 F).
Technetium is produced synthetically, it is man-made.
Very small amounts of technetium exist in nature as a fission product in uranium ores.
Technetium doesn't have any stable isotopes.
Technetium is a silvery-gray metal.
Technetium is a radioactive metal, byproduct of uranium fission.
99-Tc is used in nuclear medicine for different diagnostic tests.
Technetium with atomic number 43 is the lowest-numbered element in the periodic table that is exclusively radioactive.
The most stable radioactive isotopes of technetium are: 98-Tc (4.2 million years), 97-Tc (2.6 million years), and 99-Tc (211.000 million years).
Almost all technetium is produced by the nuclear fission of uranium-235 and plutonium-239.
Two thirds of the world's supply of technetium comes from the National Research Universal Reactor (Ontario, Canada) and High Flux Reactor (Petten, Netherlands).
Technetium-99 is a major concern for long-term disposal of radioactive waste.
Technetium might be use in the future in nano-scale nuclear batteries.
Technetium has no biological role and it is not found in human body.
All isotopes of technetium must by handled carefully.
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