Department of Chemistry, University of Groningen, Groningen, The Netherlands
Received: 20-Feb-2023, Manuscript No. JCHEM-23-94005; Editor assigned: 22-Feb-2023, PreQC No. JCHEM-23-94005(PQ); Reviewed: 08-Mar-2023, QC No. JCHEM-23-94005; Revised: 15-Mar-2023, Manuscript No. JCHEM-23-94005(R); Published: 22-Mar-2023, DOI: 10.4172/2319-9849.12.1.009
Citation: Brewer E. The Periodic Table: Understanding the Elements and their Behaviour. RRJ Chemist. 2023;12:009.
Copyright:© 2023 Brewer E. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
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