which mean, it has most Binding Energy per nucleon. many will say it is 56Fe, which has 8.790MeV per nucleon.
But in a research by Richard Shurtleff and Edward Derringh from Wentworth Institute of Technology say it is 62Ni on 1988, which has 8.795MeV per nucleon.
so, the total different of the binding energy between 2 nucleus are about 300 keV, which is much larger then the contribution of the 2 extra electron in Ni then Fe.
Thus raise up a question on the nuclear fusion process inside stars. why the end product is not 62Ni but 56Fe?
there does not have any stable nucleus to bring 56Fe to 62Ni at the old star. this is the reason from them. and they concluded that, 56Fe is the end product is not due to just the binding energy, but also the environment.