Skip to main content
Chemistry LibreTexts

Chemistry of Fermium

  • Page ID
  • From evidence detected in the debris of the first hydrogen bomb test, the Berkeley team of Ghiorso et. al. succeeded in the synthesis of element 100 in 1952 and named it fermium after the Italian physicist Enrico Fermi. Fm-254 was produced by neutron bombardment of Es-253.

    \[ \ce{^1_0n + ^{254}_{99}Es \rightarrow ^{254}_99Fm}\]

    The longest-lived isotope of fermium is Fm-257 with a half-life of 80 days.

    Contributors and Attributions

    Stephen R. Marsden

    • Was this article helpful?