Weigel, Fritz Formerly, Institut für Anorganische Chemie, Universität München, Munich, Germany.
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A chemical element, Pu, atomic number 94. Plutonium is a reactive, silvery metal in the actinide series of element elements. The principal isotope of chemical interest is 239Pu, with a half-life of 24,131 years. It is formed in nuclear reactors by the process shown in the following reaction.
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