|Atomic Number:||108||Atomic Radius:||—|
|Atomic Symbol:||Hs||Melting Point:||—|
|Atomic Mass:||277||Boiling Point:||—|
[Rn] 7s2 5f14 6d6
Hassium is a synthetic element (number 108) that was discovered in 1984 by a group of scientists in Germany. As a result, this element’s name stems from the German state of Hasse where the German Nuclear Research Institute is located.
Hassium is of research interest only due to its instability. As few atoms of this unstable element have ever been synthesized, it has no commercial use. Hassium is highly radioactive, and it would pose a radiation hazard if enough were assembled in one place.
Los Alamos National Laboratory, Periodic Table of Elements, http://periodic.lanl.gov/list.shtml.