Valdosta State University's science seminar series continues this week with a presentation at 4:30 p.m. Thursday in Room 3017 of the Biology/ Chemistry Building. The series is open to the public.
Professor Thomas E. Albrecht-Schmitt with Auburn University's Department of Chemistry will speak on "Science on the Edge of Stability: Understanding the Chemistry of the Actinides."
This seminar will begin by providing a general overview of the development of the modern periodic table by Seaborg to include an actinide series that encompasses elements 90-103. Examples of how these elements are made will be provided as well as how long they persist after preparation. Some rare pictures of the heaviest actinides will be shown.
The second half of the talk will focus on the chemistry of the actinides with particular attention given to environmental concerns associated with the transport of the actinides in and around nuclear waste repositories such as the Yucca mountain site.
The talk will conclude with real and potential uses of actinide elements aside from nuclear energy generation.
This talk is intended for a general science audience.
For information, please contact Thomas Manning at 333-7178.