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What’s the Most Challenging Element to Work With?

What’s the most challenging element to work with? The answer really depends on your perspective. For some chemists, the most challenging element will be one that is physically dangerous. For others, the most challenging element will be one that has unusual properties that can be tricky to manipulate. As you’ll see in the video below, even authorities like ACS Publications Editors can have wildly different takes on that question.

Watch ACS Editors share their picks for the most challenging element to work with:


The ACS Publications Editors featured in the video are (in order of appearance): Professor David L. Sedlak Editor-in-Chief of Environmental Science & Technology, Professor Erick M. Carreira, Editor-in-Chief of Organic Letters, Professor Paul J. Chirik, Editor-in-Chief of Organometallics, and Professor Prashant V. Kamat, Editor-in-Chief of ACS Energy Letters.

The American Chemical Society is joining with The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to celebrate the International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements (IYPT). All year long, ACS Publications is sharing stories about the periodic table and leading a discussion about the elements and their role in our lives, including videos like these.

Do you agree with their choices? Share your selections for the most challenging element in the comments below. And for more IYPT fun, check out ACS Editors’ picks for their favorite elements and the most significant elements of the next 150 years.

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