Friday, June 10, 2016

Welcoming Nihonium, Moscovium, Tennessine and Oganesson to Periodic Table

Yuri Oganesyan
Four elements in periodic table will no longer be some unknown entities; but an entity with a name. As per the proposals of Chemistry’s governing body, the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry,

Element 113 is to be named as 'Nihonium (Nh)'
Was created first - 12 years ago - by a team at RIKEN Nishina Center for Accelerator-based Science in Wako, near Tokyo. RIKEN group suggested the name - nihonium. This is a way to say ‘Japan’ in Japanese.

Element 115 is to be named as Moscovium (Mc) 
Named after Moscow region; in order to honour “the ancient Russian land that is the home of the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research”

Element 117 is to be named as Tennessine (Ts)
This is in recognition to the contributions of "Tennessee (US), including Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Vanderbilt University, and University of Tennessee at Knoxville, to superheavy element research".

Element 118 is to be named as Oganesson (Og) 
Named after Yuri Oganessian, an 83-year-old researcher at Russia’s Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (JINR) in Dubna. He "has helped to discover numerous superheavy elements. It will mark only the second time that an element has been named after a living scientist".

For next five months public can give comments; unless something extraordinary happens these names will be confirmed in November.

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1. Nature Webstite
2. Photo Courtesy:, Wikipedia, JINR, ORNL

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