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Compound with greatest number of different atoms

  1. Jul 18, 2010 #1
    Just for fun, I'm wondering if anyone knows what compound has the greatest number of different atoms. Even something as complex as DNA only seems to have five. But in theory you could have a molecule that includes the whole table! Seems like there's not much diversity in ordinary molecules ... anyone know of some fun exceptions?

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  3. Jul 18, 2010 #2


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    Hmm, that's a bit like asking which building's construction utilizes the largest number of materials.
    It's not easy to answer since nobody (or almost nobody) is really interested in doing that for its own sake.
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