Darmstadtium is a rare element. It is a radioactive, very dense metal. Until recently, it had only limited application to research. However, it is now being studied for its potential biological uses.
The first isotope of darmstadtium was created by a nuclear fusion reaction in 1994. The process was conducted in Germany. A team of researchers led by Peter Armbruster and Gottfried Munzenber worked in the Gesellschaft fur Schwerionenforschung.
Darmstadtium is a d-block transactinide element. This means that it belongs to the same chemical group as palladium and platinum. In theory, it is a noble metal that has similar properties to these two other elements. However, it has no natural isotopes and is only used in science.
Darmstadtium has two possible decay modes. The first is known as alpha decay, and the second is spontaneous fission. Both of these decay processes result in the transfer of the nucleus to another element within a few seconds.
Darmstadtium is a highly unstable element. Most of its isotopes have half-lives of between a few seconds and a few milliseconds. Some of these isotopes decay by giving rise to smaller elements.
Darmstadtium is classified as a transition metal. Its density is 34.8 g/cm3. When it is in solid form, it is considered to be body centered cubic. At temperatures above 20oC, it is considered to be a very dense metal.
The chemical properties of darmstadtium are not yet fully understood. Researchers believe that it has similar properties to lighter homologues, such as nickel and palladium. However, there is no experimental data available to support this claim.