The JPC Periodic Table

Virtual Issue: The JPC Periodic Table

In 2019, UNESCO is celebrating the International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements, in honor of the 150th anniversary of Dmitry Mendeleev’s version of the periodic table. ACS has been joining in the fun all year long and now The Journal of Physical Chemistry A, B, C, and Letters (JPC) are getting in on the celebration with a collection of articles about each of the elements from across the journal’s 123-year history.

“There are numerous interesting stories that are woven through these papers.  We could easily write a story about each element,” the JPC Editorial Team writes in an editorial for the issue.

The articles below are organized by the period of the element they represent. Each article’s listing is accompanied by commentary from one of the journal’s editors. While the periodic table contains 118 elements, this list only represents 116 of them, since the journal has yet to publish a paper focusing on elements 109 and 110, Meitnerium and Darmstadtium.

If you want to be the first to publish work in the journal on those elements, check out the journal’s submission guidelines.

Click Below to Discover Articles for the Elements in Each Period

Period 1

(AN#1) – H – Hydrogen


Polarizable Atomic Multipole Water Model for Molecular Mechanics Simulation
J. Phys. Chem. B, 2003, 107 (24), pp 5933–5947
DOI: 10.1021/jp027815+

“Introduction of the AMOEBA polarizable force field for water” —JPC A Deputy Editor Anne B. McCoy

(AN#2) – He – Helium


Helium Separation Using Porous Graphene Membranes
J. Phys. Chem. Lett., 2010, 1 (15), pp 2284–2287
DOI: 10.1021/jz100748x

“Computational study of He transmission through graphene, exploring the role of quantum tunneling” —JPC A Deputy Editor Anne B. McCoy

Period 2

(AN#3) – Li – Lithium


Lithium−Air Battery: Promise and Challenges
J. Phys. Chem. Lett., 2010, 1 (14), pp 2193–2203
DOI: 10.1021/jz1005384
Perspective on Li-air batteries that highlights challenges associated with achieving high throughput air-breathing systems that pass O2 and keep out environmental contaminants and with assuring electrochemical stability of both the electrolyte and the cathode itself. —JPC Senior Editor Francisco Zaera

(AN#4) – Be – Beryllium


A First-Principles Description of Liquid BeF2 and Its Mixtures with LiF: 1. Potential Development and Pure BeF2
J. Phys. Chem. B, 2006, 110 (23), pp 11454–11460
DOI: 10.1021/jp061000+
A computational study of BeF2 with comparisons to experiment —JPC A Deputy Editor Anne B. McCoy

(AN#5) – B – Boron


Soluble, Exfoliated Hexagonal Boron Nitride Nanosheets
J. Phys. Chem. Lett., 2010, 1 (1), pp 277–283
DOI: 10.1021/jz9002108
Hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN) was functionalized using lipophilic and hydrophilic amine molecules. The functionalization induced the exfoliation of the layered structure of h-BN, resulting in few-layered and monolayered nanosheets —JPC Senior Editor Juan Bisquert

(AN#6) – C – Carbon


Spectroscopic Insights into Carbon Dot Systems
J. Phys. Chem. Lett., 2017, 8 (10), pp 2236–2242
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpclett.7b00794
Spectroscopic Insights into Carbon Dot Systems — JPC Letters Deputy Editor Gregory D. Scholes

(AN#7) – N – Nitrogen


The Influence of Nitrogen Gas upon the Organic Catalysis of Nitrogen Fixation by Azotobacter
J. Phys. Chem., 1930, 34 (6), pp 1174–1194
DOI: 10.1021/j150312a005
The Influence of Nitrogen Gas upon the Organic Catalysis of Nitrogen Fixation by Azotobacter
Mg: Magnesium —JPC Senior Editor Jin Zhang

(AN#8) – O – Oxygen


Lifetime and Diffusion of Singlet Oxygen in a Cell
J. Phys. Chem. B, 2005, 109 (18), pp 8570–8573
DOI: 10.1021/jp051163i
Singlet molecular oxygen, created in a single nerve cell upon irradiation of a sensitizer incorporated in the cell nucleus using a focused laser beam, was found to be long-lived and diffuse over appreciable distances including across the cell membrane into the extra-cellular environment. —JPC Senior Editor Jin Zhang

(AN#9) – F – Fluorine


Difluorophosphorane-Flattened Phosphorene through Difluorination
J. Phys. Chem. Lett., 2018, 9 (24), pp 6963–6966
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpclett.8b02918
Fluorine – a chemical modification of phosphorene by fluorination is proposed for electronics applications —JPC Senior Editor Oleg Prezhdo

(AN#10) – Ne – Neon


Infrared Spectra of UO2, UO2+, and UO2– in Solid Neon
J. Phys. Chem. A, 2000, 104 (23), pp 5495–5502
DOI: 10.1021/jp000292q
Highly cited paper focusing on the spectroscopy of UOx compounds in combination with calculation —JPC Senior Editor Benedetta Mennucci

Period 3

(AN#11) – Na – Sodium


An Accurate Electromagnetic Theory Study of Surface Enhancement Factors for Silver, Gold, Copper, Lithium, Sodium, Aluminum, Gallium, Indium, Zinc, And Cadmium
J. Phys. Chem., 1987, 91 (3), pp 634–643
DOI: 10.1021/j100287a028
Electromagnetic Theory Study of Surface enhancement Factors for Plasmonic Metals —JPC Senior Editor Timothy Zwier

(AN#12) – Mg – Magnesium


Hydration of Beryllium, Magnesium, Calcium, and Zinc Ions Using Density Functional Theory
J. Phys. Chem. A, 1998, 102 (1), pp 219–228
DOI: 10.1021/jp972072r
Well cited paper that determined Mg2+ hydration energy using DFT —JPC Editor-in-Chief George C. Schatz

(AN#13) – Al – Aluminum


Reactions of Laser-Ablated Aluminum Atoms with Cyanogen: Matrix Infrared Spectra and Electronic Structure Calculations for Aluminum Isocyanides Al(NC)1,2,3 and Their Novel Dimers
J. Phys. Chem. A, 2018, 122 (24), pp 5342–5353
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpca.8b02036
Matrix infrared spectra and electronic calculations discover novel Al(NC)1,2,3 dimers and a stable anion Al(NC)4– from laser-ablated aluminum reacting with cyanogen —JPC Senior Editor Tanja Cuk

(AN#14) – Si – Silicon


Doping and Electrical Transport in Silicon Nanowires
J. Phys. Chem. B, 2000, 104 (22), pp 5213–5216
DOI: 10.1021/jp0009305
Doping Si nanowires: tuning semiconductor at nanoscale. Nice demonstration! —JPC Senior Editor Haizheng Zhong

(AN#15) – P – Phosphorus


Electrochemical Activity of Black Phosphorus as an Anode Material for Lithium-Ion Batteries
J. Phys. Chem. C, 2012, 116 (28), pp 14772–14779
DOI: 10.1021/jp302265n
Use of black phosphorus as an anode material for lithium ion batteries —JPC Senior Editor Andrew Gewirth

(AN#16) – S – Sulfur


Intermolecular Potential Functions and Monte Carlo Simulations for Liquid Sulfur Compounds
J. Phys. Chem., 1986, 90 (23), pp 6379–6388
DOI: 10.1021/j100281a063
Intermolecular potentials and Monte Carlo simulations for sulfur containing compounds, including sulfur-containing side chains of proteins —JPC Senior Editor Amy Mullin

(AN#17) – Cl – Chlorine


The Continuous Absorption Spectra of Chlorine, Bromine, Bromine Chloride, Iodine Chloride, and Iodine Bromide
J. Phys. Chem., 1964, 68 (8), pp 2263–2266
DOI: 10.1021/j100790a039
Absorption spectra of halides —JPC Senior Editor Arun Yeithiraj

(AN#18) – Ar – Argon


Thermal Energy Charge-Transfer Reactions of Argon Ions (Ar+ And Ar2+)
J. Phys. Chem., 1987, 91 (10), pp 2556–2562
DOI: 10.1021/j100294a022
Castleman paper on ion-molecule reactions involving Ar —JPC Senior Editor Benjamin Schwartz

Period 4

(AN#19) – K – Potassium


Hydration of Sodium, Potassium, and Chloride Ions in Solution and the Concept of Structure Maker/Breaker
J. Phys. Chem. B, 2007, 111 (48), pp 13570–13577
DOI: 10.1021/jp075913v
Neutron diffraction experiments challenge the model of ions in aqueous solution as simply either structure makers or breakers —JPC B Deputy Editor Joan-Emma Shea

(AN#20) – Ca – Calcium


The Application of Thermoanalytical Techniques to Reaction Kinetics: The Thermogravimetric Evaluation of the Kinetics of the Decomposition of Calcium Oxalate Monohydrate
J. Phys. Chem., 1958, 62 (4), pp 394–397
DOI: 10.1021/j150562a003
A highly cited classic paper on the use of thermoanalytical techniques to study reaction kinetics, with applications here to the decomposition of CaC2O4.H2O —JPC B Deputy Editor Joan-Emma Shea

(AN#21) – SC – Scandium


Bonding within the Endohedral Fullerenes Sc3N@C78 and Sc3N@C80 as Determined by Density Functional Calculations and Reexamination of the Crystal Structure of {Sc3N@C78}·Co(OEP)}·1.5(C6H6)·0.3(CHCl3)
J. Phys. Chem. A, 2002, 106 (51), pp 12356–12364
DOI: 10.1021/jp021882m
Details of the structure and stability of Sc3N in two types of fullerenes —JPC Senior Editor Daniel Crawford

(AN#22) – Ti – Titanium


The Role of Metal Ion Dopants in Quantum-Sized TiO2: Correlation between Photoreactivity and Charge Carrier Recombination Dynamics
J. Phys. Chem., 1994, 98 (51), pp 13669–13679
DOI: 10.1021/j100102a038
An impactful paper on TiO2 photocatalysis —JPC B Deputy Editor Joan-Emma Shea

(AN#23) – V – Vanadium


Determination of Vanadium-Oxygen Bond Distances and Bond Orders By Raman Spectroscopy
J. Phys. Chem., 1991, 95 (13), pp 5031–5041
DOI: 10.1021/j100166a025
A well cited study that uses Raman to determine vanadium-oxygen bond distances and bond orders —JPC Senior Editor Eric Weitz

(AN#24) – Cr – Chromium


Effects of Single Metal-Ion Doping on the Visible-Light Photoreactivity of TiO2
J. Phys. Chem. C, 2010, 114 (2), pp 783–792
DOI: 10.1021/jp908088x
Highly cited paper on how single metal ion doping, including Cr, regulates the visible-light photoactivity of TiO2JPC Senior Editor Franz Geiger

(AN#25) – Mn – Manganese


Photophysical Properties of ZnS Nanoclusters with Spatially Localized Mn2+
J. Phys. Chem., 1996, 100 (11), pp 4551–4555
DOI: 10.1021/jp952377a
A highly cited paper showing that doping ZnS nanoclusters with Mn changes the photophysical properties, and even more specifically that the location of the Mn is responsible for the resulting optical properties —JPC Senior Editor Gemma Solomon

(AN#26) – Fe – Iron


Behavior of Metallic Iron Catalysts during Fischer-Tropsch Synthesis Studied with Mössbauer Spectroscopy, X-ray Diffraction, Carbon Content Determination, and Reaction Kinetic Measurements
J. Phys. Chem., 1980, 84 (25), pp 3363–3370
DOI: 10.1021/j100462a011
Behavior of metallic iron catalysts during Fischer-Tropsch Synthesis —JPC Senior Editor Gang-yu Liu

(AN#27) – Co – Cobalt


X-ray Absorption Spectroscopic Study of Brønsted, Lewis, and Redox Centers in Cobalt-Substituted Aluminum Phosphate Catalysts
J. Phys. Chem., 1996, 100 (21), pp 8977–8985
DOI: 10.1021/jp953034f
The catalytic reactivity of Co-centers on the ALPO substrates is characterized using EXAFS spectroscopy. Data acquired as a function of treatment of the porous phases is compared, revealing the local environment of the Co-centers, including their oxidation state, coordination environment, and Lewis & Brønsted acid behavior —JPC Senior Editor Gillian R. Goward

(AN#28) – Ni – Nickel


The Electrolytic Precipitation of Nickel on Nickel
J. Phys. Chem., 1905, 9 (5), pp 399–401
DOI: 10.1021/j150068a004
Study of the electrolytic deposition of Ni on Ni that shows the importance of removing the oxide layer Ni surface —JPC Senior Editor Gregory V. Hartland

(AN#29) – Cu – Copper


Removal of Nitrogen Monoxide through a Novel Catalytic Process. 1. Decomposition on Excessively Copper-Ion-Exchanged ZSM-5 Zeolite
J. Phys. Chem., 1991, 95 (9), pp 3727–3730
DOI: 10.1021/j100162a053
A highly cited paper on copper zeolites and its role in NO removal —JPC B Deputy Editor Joan-Emma Shea

(AN#30) – Zn – Zinc


Preparation and Characterization of Quantum Size Zinc Oxide: A Detailed Spectroscopic Study
J. Phys. Chem., 1987, 91 (14), pp 3789–3798
DOI: 10.1021/j100298a015
Synthesis and Spectroscopic Characterization of Zinc Oxide Nanoparticles —JPC Senior Editor Howard Fairbrother

(AN#31) – Ga – Gallium


Gallium Oxide Nanoribbons and Nanosheets
J. Phys. Chem. B, 2002, 106 (5), pp 902–904
DOI: 10.1021/jp013228x
Highly cited paper on gallium oxide nanoribbons and nanosheets —JPC Senior Editor Hua Guo

(AN#32) – Ge – Germanium


Segregation of Impurities During the Growth of Germanium and Silicon
J. Phys. Chem., 1953, 57 (8), pp 836–839
DOI: 10.1021/j150509a021
Classic work on determining how to achieve desired doping levels in crystalline semiconductors prepared from the melt —JPC Senior Editor John Fourkas

(AN#33) – As – Arsenic


Structural and Electronic Properties of Layered Arsenic and Antimony Arsenide
J. Phys. Chem. C, 2015, 119 (12), pp 6918–6922
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcc.5b02096
Computational study of 2D materials that includes 2D arsenic —JPC Editor-in-Chief George C. Schatz

(AN#34) – Se – Selenium


ZIF-67@Se@MnO2: A Novel Co-MOF-Based Composite Cathode for Lithium–Selenium Batteries
J. Phys. Chem. C, 2019, 123 (4), pp 2048–2055
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcc.8b10598
Selenium is added to a metal-organic-framework as a composite for batteries —JPC Senior Editor Martin Zanni

(AN#35) – Br – Bromine


The Ultraviolet-Visible Absorption Spectrum of Bromine Between Room Temperature and 440°
J. Phys. Chem., 1967, 71 (4), pp 937–942
DOI: 10.1021/j100863a025
Classical spectroscopy study of Br2 from the 1960s —JPC Editor-in-Chief George C. Schatz

(AN#36) – Kr – Krypton


A Set of Molecular Models for Symmetric Quadrupolar Fluids
J. Phys. Chem. B, 2001, 105 (48), pp 12126–12133
DOI: 10.1021/jp012542o
This paper presents a molecular model for 25 pure fluids including Krypton —JPC Senior Editor Benedetta Mennucci

Period 5

(AN#37) – Rb – Rubidium


Cesium and Rubidium Ion Equilibriums in Illite Clay
J. Phys. Chem., 1983, 87 (7), pp 1213–1219
DOI: 10.1021/j100230a024
Rubidium cations in solutions exhibit similar properties as the alkali cations in neighboring rows of the periodic table, which makes it a challenge to investigate the corresponding ion exchange processes in illite clays —JPC Senior Editor Pavel Jungwirth

(AN#38) – Sr – Strontium


Nature of Deficiency in Nonstoichiometric Hydroxyapatites. I. Catalytic Activity of Calcium and Strontium Hydroxyapatites
J. Phys. Chem., 1971, 75 (20), pp 3167–3171
DOI: 10.1021/j100689a024
Well-cited paper detailing the catalytic effects of substituting Sr2+ for Ca2+ in hydroxyapatites for dehydration of alcohol —JPC Senior Editor Robert Dickson

(AN#39) – Y – Yttrium


Mass Spectroscopic and ESR Characterization of Soluble Yttrium-Containing Metallofullerenes YC82 And Y2C82
J. Phys. Chem., 1992, 96 (9), pp 3571–3573
DOI: 10.1021/j100188a004
Solvent soluble, yttrium-containing fullerenes are produced and characterized by mass spectroscopic analysis —JPC Senior Editor Stephan Link

(AN#40) – Zr – Zirconium


Adsorption of Ordered Zirconium Phosphonate Multilayer Films on Silicon and Gold Surfaces
J. Phys. Chem., 1988, 92 (9), pp 2597–2601
DOI: 10.1021/j100320a040
This was one of the first papers that showed multilayer zirconium phosphonate films can be prepared on silicon and gold substrates via sequential adsorption of their zirconium and phosphonic acid components —JPC Senior Editor Theodore Goodson, III

(AN#41) – Nb – Niobium


The Permeability of Niobium to Hydrogen
J. Phys. Chem., 1962, 66 (2), pp 351–353
DOI: 10.1021/j100808a038
The permeability of niobium metal to hydrogen gas was measured at temperature and pressure ranges of 950-1065 oC and 1.1-2.0 atm, respectively, and it was fit to a simple Arrhenius rate expression with an activation energy of 5.2 kcal/mol —JPC Senior Editor Timothy Minton

(AN#42) – Mo – Molybdenum


Computational Design of Single-Molybdenum Catalysts for the Nitrogen Reduction Reaction
J. Phys. Chem. C, 2019, 123 (4), pp 2347–2352
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcc.8b11509
Computational design of single-Molybdenum catalysts for nitrogen reduction offering overall overpotentials lower than 0.60 V —JPC Senior Editor Victor Batista

(AN#43) – Tc – Technetium


Report on the Occurrence of Technetium on the Earth’s Crust
J. Phys. Chem., 1956, 60 (6), pp 707–715
DOI: 10.1021/j150540a002
Hard to prove a negative, but this paper attempts to demonstrate the non-existence of terrestrial Tc through analysis of geologic samples most likely to contain the element —JPC Senior Editor William Schneider

(AN#44) – Ru – Ruthenium


Excited States of Mixed Ligand Chelates of Ruthenium(II) and Rhodium(III)
J. Phys. Chem., 1976, 80 (20), pp 2206–2211
DOI: 10.1021/j100561a016
It has the charming advantage that it was part of a “discussion” so the authors answer questions about it at the end of the paper! —JPC C Deputy Editor Catherine J. Murphy

(AN#45) – Rh – Rhodium


Infrared Studies of Carbon Monoxide Chemisorbed on Rhodium
J. Phys. Chem., 1957, 61 (11), pp 1504–1512
DOI: 10.1021/j150557a013
Infrared transmission spectrum of CO on Rh is described as involving three surface species —JPC Senior Editor Xueming Yang

(AN#46) – Pd – Palladium


Diffusion and Solubility of Hydrogen in Palladium and Palladium–Silver Alloys
J. Phys. Chem., 1970, 74 (3), pp 503–511
DOI: 10.1021/j100698a005
Pd is a key hydrogenation catalyst and this paper first measures the H diffusion and solubility in Pd and Pd-Ag —JPC Senior Editor Zhi-Pan Liu

(AN#47) – Ag – Silver


The Optical Properties of Metal Nanoparticles: The Influence of Size, Shape, and Dielectric Environment
J. Phys. Chem. B, 2003, 107 (3), pp 668–677
DOI: 10.1021/jp026731y
Feature Article describing the progress made up to 2003 on the theory of nanoparticle optical properties, with emphasis on light scattering from particles of arbitrary shape in complex environments, and discussing spherical and triangular silver particles as an example of particular interest —JPC Senior Editor Francisco Zaera

(AN#48) – Cd – Cadmium


Two-Dimensional Electronic Spectroscopy Unravels sub-100 fs Electron and Hole Relaxation Dynamics in Cd-Chalcogenide Nanostructures
J. Phys. Chem. Lett., 2017, 8 (10), pp 2285–2290
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpclett.7b00682
Two-Dimensional Electronic Spectroscopy Unravels sub-100 fs Electron and Hole Relaxation Dynamics in Cd-Chalcogenide Nanostructures —JPC Letters Deputy Editor Gregory D. Scholes

(AN#49) – In – Indium


ITO Interface Modifiers Can Improve VOC in Polymer Solar Cells and Suppress Surface Recombination
J. Phys. Chem. Lett., 2013, 4 (23), pp 4038–4044
DOI: 10.1021/jz4021525
Linear dependence of the open-circuit voltage of organic photovoltaic devices on the modified indium tin oxide (ITO) work function —JPC Senior Editor Juan Bisquert

(AN#50) – Sn – Tin


Capped Semiconductor Colloids. Synthesis and Photoelectrochemical Behavior of TiO2 Capped SnO2 Nanocrystallites
J. Phys. Chem., 1995, 99 (22), pp 9182–9188
DOI: 10.1021/j100022a035
An investigation on the effect of TiO2 capping on SnO2 colloidal nanocrystallites for photoelectrochemical applications —JPC Senior Editor Jin Zhang

(AN#51) – Sb – Antimony


Stability of Free Intermetallic Compound Clusters: Lead/Antimony and Bismuth/Antimony
J. Phys. Chem., 1987, 91 (10), pp 2649–2653
DOI: 10.1021/j100294a037
In the gas phase antimony atoms form tetrahedra, and this is the starting point for the understanding of lead-antimony and bismuth-antimony clusters —JPC Senior Editor Neil Snider

(AN#52) – Te – Tellurium


Intrinsic Piezoelectricity in Two-Dimensional Materials
J. Phys. Chem. Lett., 2012, 3 (19), pp 2871–2876
DOI: 10.1021/jz3012436
Tellurium-piezoelectricity of two dimensional MoTe2 and WTe2 is predicted; highly cited paper —JPC Senior Editor Oleg Prezhdo

(AN#53) – I – Iodine


Photodissociation and Geminate Recombination Dynamics of Iodine (I2-) in Mass-Selected Iodine-Carbon Dioxide (I2-(CO2)n) Cluster Ions
J. Phys. Chem., 1991, 95 (21), pp 8028–8040
DOI: 10.1021/j100174a008
I2-(CO2)n cluster photodissociation, geminate recombination —JPC Senior Editor Timothy Zwier

(AN#54) – Xe – Xenon


Distribution and Dynamic Properties of Xenon Dissolved in the Ionic Smectic Phase of [C16mim][NO3]: MD Simulation and Theoretical Model
J. Phys. Chem. B, 2016, 120 (9), pp 2578–2585
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcb.5b12470
Macroscopic transport coefficients are calculated for Xenon in an ionic liquid, as it diffuses across the ionic layers of the smectic phase from a hydrophobic, alkyl environment —JPC Senior Editor Tanja Cuk

Period 6

(AN#55) – Cs – Cesium


Many-Body Effects Determine the Local Hydration Structure of Cs+ in Solution
J. Phys. Chem. Lett., 2019, 10 (3), pp 406–412
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpclett.8b03829
MD simulations of Cs+ hydration demonstrates the importance of polarization effects —JPC Senior Editor Haizheng Zhong

(AN#56) – Ba – Barium


Structures of the Ferroelectric Phases of Barium Titanate
J. Phys. Chem., 1993, 97 (10), pp 2368–2377
DOI: 10.1021/j100112a043
Structure of ferroelectric phases of BaTiO3 determined by Rietveld refinement using powder diffraction data collected at a spallation neutron source —JPC Senior Editor Andrew Gewirth

(AN#57) – La – Lanthanum


Fullerenes with Metals Inside
J. Phys. Chem., 1991, 95 (20), pp 7564–7568
DOI: 10.1021/j100173a002
Letter reports the observation of fullerenes with single lanthanum atoms caged inside —JPC Senior Editor Amy Mullin

(AN#58) – Ce – Cerium


Direct Evidence for Hydroxyl Radical Scavenging Activity of Cerium Oxide Nanoparticles
J. Phys. Chem. C, 2011, 115 (11), pp 4433–4438
DOI: 10.1021/jp109819u
Studies the mechanism of antioxidant behavior of Cerium Oxide nano-particles —JPC Senior Editor Arun Yeithiraj

(AN#59) – Pr – Praseodymium


The Effect of LiClO4, LiCl, and LiBr on the Polarographic Behavior and Ultraviolet Spectrum of Praseodymium(III) in Ethanol
J. Phys. Chem., 1963, 67 (6), pp 1275–1278
DOI: 10.1021/j100800a027
Paper on effects of different anions on Pr(III) in solution —JPC Senior Editor Benjamin Schwartz

(AN#60) – Nd – Neodymium


Enhanced Emission of Deuterated Tris(hexafluoroacetylacetonato)neodymium(III) Complex in Solution by Suppression of Radiationless Transition via Vibrational Excitation
J. Phys. Chem., 1996, 100 (24), pp 10201–10205
DOI: 10.1021/jp960290z
A study of the impact of various deuterated solvents on a Nd3+ complex (150 citations) —JPC Senior Editor Daniel Crawford

(AN#61) – Pm – Promethium


Calorimetric Determination of the Mean β-Energy and Half-Life of Promethium-147
J. Phys. Chem., 1965, 69 (4), pp 1220–1223
DOI: 10.1021/j100888a021
The authors determine the mean β-particle energy and the half-life of promethium-147 —JPC Senior Editor Eric Weitz

(AN#62) – Sm – Samarium


The Near Infrared Transitions of the Trivalent Lanthanides in Solution. I. Praseodymium(III), Neodymium(III), Samarium(III), and Europium(III) Ions
J. Phys. Chem., 1962, 66 (11), pp 2159–2164
DOI: 10.1021/j100817a020
Report of NIR transitions of molten trivalent lanthanides —JPC Senior Editor Franz Geiger

(AN#63) – Eu – Europium


Hierarchical Emergence and Dynamic Control of Chirality in a Photoresponsive Dinuclear Complex
J. Phys. Chem. Lett., 2018, 9 (9), pp 2151–2157
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpclett.8b00690
Hierarchical Emergence and Dynamic Control of Chirality in a Photoresponsive Dinuclear Complex —JPC Letters Deputy Editor Gregory D. Scholes

(AN#64) – Gd – Gadolinium


Water-Exchange, Electronic Relaxation, and Rotational Dynamics of the MRI Contrast Agent [Gd(DTPA-BMA)(H2O)] in Aqueous Solution: A Variable Pressure, Temperature, and Magnetic Field Oxygen-17 NMR Study
J. Phys. Chem., 1994, 98 (1), pp 53–59
DOI: 10.1021/j100052a010
17O NMR longitudinal and transverse relaxation rates and chemical shifts were measured for a Gadolinium complex as a measure of the efficacy as a magnetic resonance imaging contrast agent —JPC Senior Editor Gemma Solomon

(AN#65) – Tb – Terbium


Rare Earths. II. A Mass Spectrometric Determination of the Heats of Sublimation (or Vaporization) of Neodymium, Praseodymium, Gadolinium, Terbium, Dysprosium, Holmium, Erbium and Lutetium
J. Phys. Chem., 1961, 65 (8), pp 1404–1409
DOI: 10.1021/j100826a030
Initial measurement of mass spectrometry determination of heat of sublimation of seven rare earth metals including Terbium, Holmium, Erbium and Lutetium —JPC Senior Editor Gang-yu Liu

(AN#66) – Dy – Dysprosium


Synthesis, Structure, Photoluminescence, and Electroluminescence Properties of a New Dysprosium Complex
J. Phys. Chem. C, 2007, 111 (5), pp 2295–2300
DOI: 10.1021/jp064749t
A new dysprosium complex was synthesized and its structural and photophysical properties were evaluated. The energy transfer mechanism between the ligand and central Dy3+ ion is discussed, and a series of electroluminescent devices were built. Emission at both yellow (572nm) and blue (480nm) wavelengths was observed. Appropriate choice of the yellow/blue intensity ratio is proposed to be tunable to achieve white luminescent emission. —JPC Senior Editor Gillian R. Goward

(AN#67) – Ho – Holmium


Amplifying Excitation-Power Sensitivity of Photon Upconversion in a NaYbF4:Ho Nanostructure for Direct Visualization of Electromagnetic Hotspots
J. Phys. Chem. Lett., 2016, 7 (23), pp 4916–4921
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpclett.6b02210
Holmium ion doped nanoparticles produce upconverted luminescence that can be used for imaging hot-spots in plasmonic materials —JPC Senior Editor Gregory V. Hartland

(AN#68) – Er – Erbium


Highly Efficient Multicolor Up-Conversion Emissions and Their Mechanisms of Monodisperse NaYF4:Yb,Er Core and Core/Shell-Structured Nanocrystals
J. Phys. Chem. C, 2007, 111 (37), pp 13721–13729
DOI: 10.1021/jp073920d
Synthesis of highly efficient erbium doped phosphors and their mechanism of efficient up-conversion —JPC Senior Editor Howard Fairbrother

(AN#69) – Tm – Thulium


The Electronic and Vibrational Structure of Endohedral Tm3N@C80 (I) Fullerene − Proof of an Encaged Tm3+
J. Phys. Chem. A, 2005, 109 (32), pp 7088–7093
DOI: 10.1021/jp0525080
Characterization of Encaged Tm3+ in C80 fullerene —JPC Senior Editor Hua Guo

(AN#70) – Yb – Ytterbium


Visible Upconversion in Rare Earth Ion-Doped Gd2O3 Nanocrystals
J. Phys. Chem. B, 2004, 108 (50), pp 19205–19209
DOI: 10.1021/jp048072q
A landmark paper in the rare-earth upconversion literature —JPC Senior Editor John Fourkas

(AN#71) – Lu – Lutetium


Electrical and Magnetic Properties of Liquid Crystalline Molecular Materials: Lithium and Lutetium Phthalocyanine Derivatives
J. Phys. Chem., 1989, 93 (24), pp 8105–8110
DOI: 10.1021/j100361a026
Double decker lutetium phthalocyanine based liquid crystalline molecular materials with interesting properties and applications —JPC Senior Editor Kankan Bhattacharyya

(AN#72) – Hf – Hafnium


Atomic Layer Deposition of Hafnium Oxide from Tetrakis(ethylmethylamino)hafnium and Water Precursors
J. Phys. Chem. C, 2007, 111 (17), pp 6495–6499
DOI: 10.1021/jp070362u
Thermodynamics of hafnium calculated to predict atomic layer deposition processes —JPC Senior Editor Martin Zanni

(AN#73) – Ta – Tantalum


Quantum-Sized PbS, CdS, Ag2S, Sb2S3, and Bi2S3 Particles as Sensitizers for Various Nanoporous Wide-Bandgap Semiconductors
J. Phys. Chem., 1994, 98 (12), pp 3183–3188
DOI: 10.1021/j100063a022
Paper investigates the sensitization of nanoporous oxides (including tantalum oxide) by quantum-sized metal sulfides —JPC Senior Editor Benedetta Mennucci

(AN#74) – W – Tungsten


Photoelectrochemistry of Quantized Tungsten Trioxide Colloids: Electron Storage, Electrochromic, and Photoelectrochromic Effects
J. Phys. Chem., 1993, 97 (42), pp 11064–11070
DOI: 10.1021/j100144a027
Tungsten oxide (WO3) colloidal particles have been shown to act as electron-relay systems with potential for construction of solar energy conversion and storage devices —JPC Senior Editor Pavel Jungwirth

(AN#75) – Re – Rhenium


Surface Catalytic Sites Prepared from [HRe(CO)5] and [H3Re3(CO)12]: Mononuclear, Trinuclear, and Metallic Rhenium Catalysts Supported on Magnesia
J. Phys. Chem., 1990, 94 (22), pp 8439–8450
DOI: 10.1021/j100385a017
Spectroscopic and structural characterization of various heterogeneous Re catalysts on MgO, providing a better understanding of catalytic activity —JPC Senior Editor Robert Dickson

(AN#76) – Os – Osmium


Application of the Energy Gap Law to Excited-State Decay of Osmium(II)-Polypyridine Complexes: Calculation of Relative Nonradiative Decay Rates from Emission Spectral Profiles
J. Phys. Chem., 1986, 90 (16), pp 3722–3734
DOI: 10.1021/j100407a046
Radiative and nonradiative decay rates of the metal-to-ligand charge-transfer excited states for osmium complexes scale in accordance with the Einstein law for spontaneous emission and the energy gap law, respectively —JPC Senior Editor Stephan Link

(AN#77) – Ir – Iridium


A High Yield Synthesis of Ligand-Free Iridium Oxide Nanoparticles with High Electrocatalytic Activity
J. Phys. Chem. Lett., 2011, 2 (5), pp 402–406
DOI: 10.1021/jz200051c
Synthesis and characterization of IrOx nanoparticles, which are highly active for water oxidation —JPC Editor-in-Chief George C. Schatz

(AN#78) – Pt – Platinum


Platinum Black Catalysts
J. Phys. Chem., 1930, 34 (4), pp 748–752
DOI: 10.1021/j150310a007
Platinum black was prepared by three methods, and its catalytic activity to several oxidation and reduction reactions was correlated with particle size, with the smaller particle size showing higher catalytic activity —JPC Senior Editor Timothy Minton

(AN#79) – Au – Gold


Adsorption and Surface-Enhanced Raman of Dyes on Silver and Gold Sols
J. Phys. Chem., 1982, 86 (17), pp 3391–3395
DOI: 10.1021/j100214a025
Classic paper on colloidal gold (and silver) —JPC C Deputy Editor Catherine J. Murphy

(AN#80) – Hg – Mercury


Mercury Drop “Attacks” an Oxidant Crystal
J. Phys. Chem. B, 2000, 104 (15), pp 3589–3593
DOI: 10.1021/jp9936502
A mercury drop “attacks” a K2Cr2O7 crystal placed ∼10 mm apart. The circular Hg drop began to elongate and to move toward the crystal with a shape and motion related to the anisotropy of the interfacial tension —JPC Senior Editor Victor Batista

(AN#81) – Tl – Thallium


Viscosity and Self-Diffusion of Liquid Thallium from Its Melting Point to About 1300°K
J. Phys. Chem., 1965, 69 (2), pp 518–521
DOI: 10.1021/j100886a026
Great example of how physical property measurements were at one time an important part of the journal, here in the context of a less common element —JPC Senior Editor William Schneider

(AN#82) Pb – Lead


Interband and Intraband Optical Studies of PbSe Colloidal Quantum Dots
J. Phys. Chem. B, 2002, 106 (41), pp 10634–10640
DOI: 10.1021/jp021187e
Interband and intraband optical studies of PbSe colloidal quantum dots —JPC Senior Editor Xueming Yang

(AN#83) – Bi – Bismuth


The Bismuth-Bismuth Tribromide and Bismuth-Bismuth Triiodide Systems
J. Phys. Chem., 1962, 66 (1), pp 28–31
DOI: 10.1021/j100807a006
Paper concerned with industrial applications —JPC C Deputy Editor Catherine J. Murphy

(AN#84) – Po – Polonium


The Preparation and Identification of Some Intermetallic Compounds of Polonium
J. Phys. Chem., 1960, 64 (4), pp 434–440
DOI: 10.1021/j100833a014
The finding of Po-forming solid alloy with other elements —JPC Senior Editor Zhi-Pan Liu

(AN#85) – At – Astatine


Astatine Standard Redox Potentials and Speciation in Acidic Medium
J. Phys. Chem. A, 2010, 114 (1), pp 576–582
DOI: 10.1021/jp9077008
A combined experimental and theoretical study that shows that At can be present in aqueous solution in three forms, namely, At, At+, and AtO+, in the 1−2 pH range, and that the oxidation state 0 cannot exist —JPC Senior Editor Francisco Zaera

(AN#86) – Rn – Radon


Adsorption of Radon on Metal Surfaces: A Model Study for Chemical Investigations of Elements 112 and 114
J. Phys. Chem. B, 2002, 106 (21), pp 5413–5420
DOI: 10.1021/jp015553q
There are more highly-cited papers, but they usually include radon with a bunch of other noble gases —JPC C Deputy Editor Catherine J. Murphy

Period 7

(AN#87) – Fr – Francium


First Experimentally Determined Thermodynamic Values of Francium: Hydration Energy, Energy of Partitioning, and Thermodynamic Radius
J. Phys. Chem. B, 2013, 117 (31), pp 9258–9261
DOI: 10.1021/jp401880f
Experimental measurement of Fr+ ionic radius resulted in smaller radius than previously
thought —JPC Editor-in-Chief George C. Schatz

(AN#88) – Ra – Radium


Structures and Heats of Formation of Simple Alkaline Earth Metal Compounds II: Fluorides, Chlorides, Oxides, and Hydroxides for Ba, Sr, and Ra
J. Phys. Chem. A, 2018, 122 (1), pp 316–327
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpca.7b09056
Relativistic Coupled Cluster theory has been used to calculate Heats of Formation
of compounds of Ra —JPC Senior Editor Kankan Bhattacharyya

(AN#89) – Ac – Actinium


Capped Semiconductor Colloids. Synthesis and Photoelectrochemical Behavior of TiO2-Capped SnO2 Nanocrystallites
J. Phys. Chem., 1995, 99 (22), pp 9182–9188
DOI: 10.1021/j100022a035
The volatility of actinium was measured through volatilization experiments at high temperature —JPC Senior Editor Jin Zhang

(AN#90) – Th – Thorium


Making and Breaking Bonds in the Solid State: The Thorium Chromium Silicide (ThCr2Si2) Structure
J. Phys. Chem., 1985, 89 (20), pp 4175–4181
DOI: 10.1021/j100266a007
Highly cited feature article by Roald Hoffman on crystal structures for which ThCr2Si2 is a prototype —JPC Senior Editor John Fourkas

(AN#91) – Pa – Protactinium


Theoretical Study on Molecular Property of Protactinium(V) and Uranium(VI) Oxocations: Why Does Protactinium(V) Form Monooxo Cations in Aqueous Solution?
J. Phys. Chem. A, 2006, 110 (49), pp 13303–13309
DOI: 10.1021/jp0641435
Electronic structure calculation of Pa(V) oxocation in aqueous solution clearly support from an energetic point of view the experimental result that monooxo protactinyl cation, PaO3+, is a preferable species for Pa(V)aqJPC Senior Editor Pavel Jungwirth

(AN#92) – U – Uranium


The Uranium–Oxygen System: UO2.5 to U3O8
J. Phys. Chem., 1955, 59 (2), pp 136–138
DOI: 10.1021/j150524a010
Uranium-Oxygen system: UO2.5 to U3O8JPC Senior Editor Timothy Zwier

(AN#93) – Np – Neptunium


Measurement of the Absorption Spectra of Neptunium Ions in Heavy Water Solution from 0.35 to 1.85 μ
J. Phys. Chem., 1958, 62 (3), pp 382–383
DOI: 10.1021/j150561a050
Examines the adsorption spectrum of neptunium in heavy water —JPC Senior Editor Andrew Gewirth

(AN#94) – Pu – Plutonium


The Kinetics of the Reaction Between Plutonium(VI) and Iron(II)
J. Phys. Chem., 1963, 67 (7), pp 1425–1432
DOI: 10.1021/j100801a005
Classic 1962 study of rates and thermodynamics of the oxidation-reduction reaction of plutonium and iron —JPC Senior Editor Amy Mullin

(AN#95) – Am – Americium


Americium Organometallic Ions Produced by Laser Ablation of AmO2 in Polyimide
J. Phys. Chem. A, 1998, 102 (24), pp 4501–4508
DOI: 10.1021/jp981145j
Americium organometallic ions produced by laser ablation of AmO2 in polyimide —JPC Senior Editor Arun Yeithiraj

(AN#96) – Cm – Curium


Hydration Shell Structure and Dynamics of Curium(III) in Aqueous Solution: First Principles and Empirical Studies
J. Phys. Chem. A, 2011, 115 (18), pp 4665–4677
DOI: 10.1021/jp201043f
Simulation paper on the structure of Cm(III) in aqueous solution —JPC Senior Editor Benjamin Schwartz

(AN#97) – Bk – Berkelium


Electron-Transfer Spectra and the II-III Oxidation Potentials of Some Lanthanide and Actinide Halides in Solution
J. Phys. Chem., 1969, 73 (4), pp 1177–1178
DOI: 10.1021/j100724a084
Includes calculated absorption maximum and oxidation potential of BkBr —JPC Senior Editor Daniel Crawford

(AN#98) – Cf – Californium


Radiolysis of 0.4 M Sulfuric Acid Solutions with Fission Fragments from Dissolved Californium-252. Estimated Yields of Radical and Molecular Products that Escape Reactions in Fission Fragment Tracks
J. Phys. Chem., 1975, 79 (19), pp 1991–1995
DOI: 10.1021/j100586a002
A study of the radiolysis of sulfuric acid solution, with and without Fe2+ and Ce4+ ions, using dissolved californium-252 —JPC Senior Editor Eric Weitz

(AN#99) – Es – Einsteinium


Intramolecular Energy Transfer and Sensitized Luminescence in Actinide(III) β-Diketone Chelates
J. Phys. Chem., 1969, 73 (5), pp 1540–1549
DOI: 10.1021/j100725a060
First measurements of Es(III) chelate lifetimes from the transuranium laboratory at ORNL —JPC Senior Editor Franz Geiger

(AN#100) – Fm – Fermium


Electron-Transfer Spectra and the II-III Oxidation Potentials of Some Lanthanide and Actinide Halides in Solution
J. Phys. Chem., 1969, 73 (4), pp 1177–1178
DOI: 10.1021/j100724a084
Calculated oxidation potential (II-III) and lowest charge-transfer band for a Fermium bromide —JPC Senior Editor Gemma Solomon

(AN#101) – Md – Mendelevium


Role of Atomic Electronics in f-Element Bond Formation: Bond Energies of Lanthanide and Actinide Oxide Molecules
J. Phys. Chem. A, 2003, 107 (39), pp 7891–7899
DOI: 10.1021/jp035003n
This paper makes estimates of the bond dissociation enthalpies of all the actinide monoxides —JPC Editor-in-Chief George C. Schatz

(AN#102) – No – Nobelium


Role of Atomic Electronics in f-Element Bond Formation: Bond Energies of Lanthanide and Actinide Oxide Molecules
J. Phys. Chem. A, 2003, 107 (39), pp 7891–7899
DOI: 10.1021/jp035003n
The bond dissociation energy of NoO cannot be estimated with confidence —JPC Editor-in-Chief George C. Schatz

(AN#103) – Lr – Lawrencium


Redox Reactions for Group 5 Elements, Including Element 105, in Aqueous Solutions
J. Phys. Chem., 1992, 96 (26), pp 11096–11101
DOI: 10.1021/j100205a086
Calculation of ionization potentials using the multiconfiguration Dirac-Fock method, that shows that the maximum oxidation state of Lr is more stable than the higher mass group 5 elements —JPC Senior Editor Gregory V. Hartland

(AN#104) – Rf – Rutherfordium


Total Energy Calculations of RfCl4 and Homologues in the Framework of Relativistic Density Functional Theory
J. Phys. Chem. A, 2000, 104 (27), pp 6495–6498
DOI: 10.1021/jp993980m
Demonstration that a four-component, fully relativistic density functional method could provide accurate values for the formation and binding energies of RfCl4JPC Senior Editor Howard Fairbrother

(AN#105) – Db – Dubnium


Thermochemical Characterization of Seaborgium Compounds in Gas Adsorption Chromatography
J. Phys. Chem. A, 1999, 103 (46), pp 9296–9306
DOI: 10.1021/jp9917751
Dubnium is mentioned in this paper, but no experimental data reported —JPC Senior Editor Hua Guo

(AN#106) – Sg – Seaborgium


Ionization Potentials of Seaborgium
J. Phys. Chem. A, 1999, 103 (42), pp 8458–8462
DOI: 10.1021/jp9903211
This is the first paper to attempt to calculate the ionization potentials of Seaborgium, which was officially only 2 years old at the time —JPC Senior Editor John Fourkas

(AN#107) – Bh – Bohrium


On the Stability and Volatility of Group 8 Tetroxides, MO4 (M = Ruthenium, Osmium, and Hassium (Z = 108))
J. Phys. Chem. B, 2002, 106 (26), pp 6679–6684
DOI: 10.1021/jp0257146
Bohrium is briefly mentioned in a study that mostly refers to Hs —JPC Senior Editor Kankan Bhattacharyya

(AN#108) – Hs – Hassium


On the Stability and Volatility of Group 8 Tetroxides, MO4 (M = Ruthenium, Osmium, and Hassium (Z = 108))
J. Phys. Chem. B, 2002, 106 (26), pp 6679–6684
DOI: 10.1021/jp0257146
The adsorption behavior of HsO4 on quartz surfaces is predicted based on its chemical stability —JPC Senior Editor Martin Zanni

(AN#109) – Mt – Meitnerium



(AN#110) – DS – Darmstadtium



(AN#111) – Rg – Roentgenium


Predicted Properties of the Superheavy Elements. II. Element 111, Eka-Gold
J. Phys. Chem., 1973, 77 (14), pp 1806–1809
DOI: 10.1021/j100633a017
Early (1973) electronic structure study comparing Rg and Au —JPC Senior Editor Theodore Goodson, III

(AN#112) – Cn – Copernicium


Atomic and Molecular Properties of Elements 112, 114, and 118
J. Phys. Chem. A, 2005, 109 (15), pp 3493–3500
DOI: 10.1021/jp050736o
Theoretical calculations of atoms and diatomic molecules of Elements 112, 114, and 118 were conducted, and the effects of spin-orbit coupling on the expected chemistry were examined. Element 112 (Copernicium) is similar in most respects to Hg, but the complex valence shell structure makes it intermediate in behavior between 6d and 7p transactinides —JPC Senior Editor Timothy Minton

(AN#113) – Nh – Nihonium


Atomic Properties of Element 113 and Its Adsorption on Inert Surfaces from ab Initio Dirac−Coulomb Calculations
J. Phys. Chem. A, 2008, 112 (51), pp 13712–13716
DOI: 10.1021/jp8061306
Dirac-Coulomb calculations with comparison with Tl —JPC Editor-in-Chief George C. Schatz

(AN#114) – Fl – Flerovium


Taming the Electronic Structure of Lead and Eka-lead (Flerovium) by the Relativistic Coupled Cluster Method
J. Phys. Chem. A, 2013, 117 (36), pp 8555–8567
DOI: 10.1021/jp402376b
For the very heaviest elements, trends in atomic properties (here ionization potential and excitation energies) are most readily probed with first principles calculations —JPC Senior Editor William Schneider

(AN#115) – Mc – Moscovium


Predicted Properties of the Superheavy Elements. III. Element 115, Eka-Bismuth
J. Phys. Chem., 1974, 78 (19), pp 1945–1949
DOI: 10.1021/j100612a015
Computational study comparing Mc with Bi —JPC Senior Editor Xueming Yang

(AN#116) – Lv – Livermorium


An Anomalous Bond Angle in (116)H2. Theoretical Evidence for Supervalent Hybridization
J. Phys. Chem. A, 2006, 110 (14), pp 4619–4621
DOI: 10.1021/jp060888z
Theoretical calculation shows the interesting structure of LvH2 structure due to spin-orbit coupling —JPC Senior Editor Zhi-Pan Liu

(AN#117) – Ts – Tennessine


Spin−Orbit Effects on the Electronic Structure of Heavy and Superheavy Hydrogen Halides: Prediction of an Anomalously Strong Bond in H[117]
J. Phys. Chem. A, 1999, 103 (5), pp 632–636
DOI: 10.1021/jp9843407
MRCI and CCSD(T) calculations of the bond energy and bond length of HTs show that the 8s orbital contributes significantly to bonding due to spin-orbit effects —JPC Editor-in-Chief George C. Schatz

(AN#118) – Og – Oganesson


Atomic and Molecular Properties of Elements 112, 114, and 118
J. Phys. Chem. A, 2005, 109 (15), pp 3493–3500
DOI: 10.1021/jp050736o
CCSD(T) study of Og suggests that it is much more reactive than Rn, with a Og2 bond energy of 0.062 eV, compared to 0.016eV for Rn2JPC Editor-in-Chief George C. Schatz

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