Soviet Powder Metallurgy and Metal Ceramics

, Volume 5, Issue 9, pp 755–761 | Cite as

Relation between the toxicity of certain chemicals and their electronic structure

  • I. T. Brakhnova
  • G. V. Samsonov
Labor Protection and Safety Engineering in Powder Metallurgy


On the basis of the biological activity of various elements in Mendeleev's periodic system and their electronic structure, the authors determined a correlation which points to a decrease in toxicity of elements which increase in statistical weight of stable electronic configurations. Nonmetal and semimetal toxicity increases with an increase in the principal quantum number while the biological activity of transition metals decreases. The results obtained can be used for hygienic estimation of the biological action of inorganic substances.


Toxicity Biological Activity Quantum Number Statistical Weight Electronic Configuration 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • I. T. Brakhnova
    • 1
    • 2
  • G. V. Samsonov
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Kiev Institute of Industrial Hygiene and Occupational DiseasesUSSR
  2. 2.Department of Powder MetallurgyKiev Polytechnic InstituteUSSR

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