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    Rhenium

    IsotopeAtomic mass (Da)Isotopic abundance (amount fraction)
    185Re 184.952 955(8)0.3740(5)
    187Re 186.955 75(1)0.6260(5)

    In 1969, the Commission recommended the atomic weight of Re to be Ar(Re) = 186.2(1) based on the isotopic-abundance measurements. In 1973, the Commission recommended a new value Ar(Re) = 186.207(1) that was based on the superior calibrated measurements. No isotopic composition variations in sources of natural Re have been found thus far. In 1969, after evaluating the uncertainties associated with the mass-spectrometric measurements, the Commission assigned a value of Ar(W) = 183.85(3). For a number of years after that, in the absence of calibrated mass-spectrometric measurements, the Commission was concerned about a discrepancy between the recommended atomic weight and the results of earlier chemical determinations that yielded values of around Ar(W) = 183.90.

    187Re is radioactive, decaying to 187Os with a half-life of 4.23(13)×1010 a. Thus, it will take a billion years for the abundance of that isotope to decline by appreciably more than the uncertainty in its current value. However, the anomalies caused in the isotopic composition of some Os occurrences are of geological interest.

    SOURCE  Atomic weights of the elements: Review 2000 by John R de Laeter et al. Pure Appl. Chem. 2003 (75) 683-800
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    Rhenium
    Ar(Re) = 186.207(1) since 1973

    The name derives from the Latin rhenus for the Rhine river in Germany. Rhenium was discovered by x-ray spectroscopy in 1925 by German chemists Walter Noddack, Ida Tacke, and Otto Berg.

    Isotopic reference materials of rhenium.