Is Eka-Mercury (Element 112) a Group 12 Metal?


  • This work was financed by the Royal Society of New Zealand through a Marsden Grant and by the ISAT Linkage Fund.


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Super heavy: According to relativistic Dirac–Kohn–Sham calculations, eka-mercury (element 112) is a semiconductor in the solid state (see band structure; red: filled bands, blue: empty bands). In the absence of relativistic effects, condensed eka-mercury would be a hexagonal close-packed metal similar to zinc and cadmium.