Chem. Prof's. Poster on Display at UNESCO Conference | St. Lawrence University

Chem. Prof's. Poster on Display at UNESCO Conference

Larry French, professor of chemistry, developed a philatelic table of the elements, which was on display during the opening ceremony for UNESCO's International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements on Jan. 28 in Paris.

In his philatelic table of the elements, each element is represented by a single postage stamp. The table offers a platform for discussions of people, places, sources and applications associated with the 114 known chemical elements. A total of 73 stamp issuing entities are represented.

The table runs from hydrogen, with a North Vietnamese stamp celebrating testing of the first Chinese H bomb, to livermorium, represented by a Soviet issue marking the 25th anniversary of the Nuclear Research Institute at Dubna. The table travels from Bolivia’s Salar de Uyuni (lithium) to the Enewetak Atoll of the Marshall Islands (einsteinium) and spotlights environmental impacts of phosphate extn. in Nauru and lead mining in Peru. Discoverers and inventors from Moissan and Soddy to Auer and the Curies are met along the way. A range of applications including cesium formate brines in North Sea oil and gas drilling, indium in solar energy conversion, lanthanum in electric cars and technetium in positron emission medical imaging is included.

For more information, visit the Department of Chemistry.