Berkelium(III) nitrate is the berkerlium salt of nitric acid with the formula Bk(NO3)3. It commonly forms the tetrahydrate, Bk(NO3)3·4H2O, which is a light green solid. If heated to 450 °C, it decomposes to berkelium(IV) oxide.
A solution of berkelium(III) nitrate
3D model (JSmol)
|Molar mass||433.01 g/mol|
|Melting point||450 °C (842 °F; 723 K) decomposes|
|Solubility||Soluble in nitric acid|
|Occupational safety and health (OHS/OSH):|
Except where otherwise noted, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C [77 °F], 100 kPa).
Berkelium(III) nitrate is produced by the reaction of berkelium metal or the hydroxide with nitric acid. This compound has no commercial uses, but was used to synthesize the element tennessine. The aqueous compound was painted onto a titanium foil and was bombarded with calcium-48 atoms to synthesize the element tennessine.