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A Break at Californium

Despite being synthesized nearly 70 years ago by Seaborg and co-workers,1,2 the chemistry of californium (Z = 98) was recently revealed to be quite different from what we thought it would be.

Cover Profile: Revisiting Bond Breaking and Making in EuCo2P2

Invited for the cover of Chemistry a European Journal,the groups of Michael Shatruk at Florida State University, Andrei Rogalev at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility, and colleagues depict their work demonstrating that formal charges become inadequate when one deals with metallic systems with delocalized bonding.