The task group will review all available evidence on the long-standing debate concerning which elements should be placed in group 3 of the periodic table.
It will then make recommendations to the Union for Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) so that they might make an official recommendation as to whether group 3 should consist of (1) scandium, yttrium, lanthanum and actinium or (2) scandium, yttrium, lutetium and lawrencium.
Dr. Scerri is a lecturer and author in the UCLA Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and is an authority on the history and philosphy of the periodic table.
The formation of the task group and its mission is described in the latest issue of the IUPAC magazine,
To learn more about Dr. Scerri visit his website.