The ?rst edition of this work (The Chemistry of the Actinide Elements by J. J. Katz and G. T. Seaborg) was published in 1957, nearly a half century ago. Although the chemical properties of thorium and uranium had been studied for over a century, and those of actinium and protactinium for over ?fty years, all of the chemical properties of neptunium and heavier elements as well as a great deal of uranium chemistry had been discovered since 1940. In fact, the concept that these elements were members of an “actinide” series was ?rst enunciated in 1944. In this book of 500 pages the chemical properties of the ?rst transuranium elements (neptunium, plutonium, and americium) were described in great detail but the last two actinide elements (nobelium and lawrencium) remained to be discovered. It is not an exaggeration to say that The Chemistry of the Actinide Elements expounded a relatively new branch of chemistry. The second edition was published in 1986, by which time all of the actinide elements had been synthesized and chemically characterized, at least to some extent. At this time the chemistry of the actinide elements had reached maturity.
1: Introduction. Joseph J. Katz, Lester R. Morss, Jean Fuger, Norman Edelstein. 2: Actinium. H.W. Kirby and L.R. Morss. 3: Thorium. M. Wickleder, B. Fourest, and P. Dorhout. 4: Protactinium. B. Myasoedov, H.W. Kirby, I. Tananaev. 5: Uranium. I. Grenthe, E.C. Buck, J. Drozdynski, T. Fujino, T. Albrecht-Schmitt, S.F. Wolf . 6: Neptunium. Z. Yoshida, T. Kimura, S.G. Johnson, J.R. Krsul. 7: Plutonium. David L. Clark, Mary K. Neu, Siegfried S. Hecker, Gordon D. Jarvinen. 8: Americium. Wolfgang Runde, Wallace W. Schulz.. 9: Curium. Gregg J. Lumetta, Major C. Thompson , Robert A. Penneman, P. Gary Eller. 10: Berkelium. David Hobart, Joseph R. Peterson 11: Californium. Richard G. Haire. 12: Einsteinium. Richard G. Haire. 13: Transeinsteinium Elements, elements 100-103 (fermium through lawrencium). Robert J. Silva. 14: Transactinide Elements and Future Elements. Darleane C. Hoffman, Diana M. Lee, V. Pershina. 15: Summary and comparison of the actinide elements. Lester R. Morss, Jean Fuger, Norman Edelstein. 16: Spectra and electronic structures of free actinide atoms and ions. Earl F. Worden, Norbert Trautmann, J. Blaise, J-F. Wyart. 17: Theoretical Studies of the Electronic Structure of Compounds of the Actinide Elements. N. Kaltsoyannis, P. Jeffrey Hay, Jun Li, J.-P. Blaudeau, B. Bursten. 18: Optical spectra and electronic structure. G. Liu and J.V. Beitz. 19: Thermodynamic properties of actinides. R.J.M. Konings, Jean Fuger, Lester Morss. 20: Magnetic properties of actinides. Norman M. Edelstein and G.H. Lander. 21: The metallic state of actinides. John Joyce, Ladia Havela, A.J. Arko. 22: Actinide structural chemistry. Keith E. Gutowski, Nicholas J. Bridges, Robin D. Rogers. 23: Actinides in solution: Complexation and kinetics. G.R. Choppin and M.P. Jensen. 24: Actinide separation science and technology. K.L. Nash, J.N. Mathur, Charles Madic. 25: Organoactinide chemistry: Synthesis and characterization. Carol Burns and Moris Eisen. 26: Organoactinide chemistry: Reactivity in catalytic processes. Carol Burns and Moris Eisen. 27: Identification and speciation of actinides in the environment. C. Degueldre. 28: X-ray absorption spectroscopy of the actinides. L. Soderholm, M. Antonio. 29: Handling, storage, and disposition of uranium and plutonium. J. Haschke and J. Stakebake. 30: Trace analysis of actinides in geological, environmental, and biological matrices. S.F. Wolf. 31: Bioinorganic chemistry of the actinides: Metabolism in mammals, chemical and radiation toxicity, and therapeutic decorporation. Patricia W. Durbin. Appendices I and II (nuclear properties). I. Ahmad.