Chemists strike gold, solve mystery about precious metal’s properties

Predicted, actual energy needed for ionization now match

gold nugget

GOLD MINE  Chemists have finally explained two of gold’s properties: the energy involved in removing or adding an electron to a gold atom. New theoretical calculations match up with values measured in experiments.

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