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Symbol Pa. A radioactive metallic element belonging to the actinoids; a.n. 91; r.a.m. 231.036; r.d. 15.37 (calculated); m.p. 1600°C (estimated). The most stable isotope, protactinium–231, has a half-life of 3.43 × 104 years; at least ten other radioisotopes are known. Protactinium–231 occurs in all uranium ores as it is derived from uranium–235. Protactinium has no practical applications; it was discovered by Lise Meitner and Otto Hahn in 1917.

Subjects: Chemistry — Physics.


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