On This Day In Chemistry

August 20th

The first visible quantity of a plutonium compound, plutonium(IV) iodate, was isolated on this day in 1942

American nuclear chemists Burris Cunningham and Louis Werner isolated a microgram of plutonium(IV) iodate, the first visible quantity to the human eye. Today, plutonium is widely used in the production of nuclear energy.
 

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