Ok, a new element was acknowledged by the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry. IUPAC official will stamp the approved elements and lets the scientists who did the discovery choose its name.
Wow, wonder how great is it be named it after you, right? However, there are set of rules a person who discover it should follow. Don’t worry you have plenty of options.
So scientist can pick a name of his discovery by using word from the following categories;
- Property of element
- Scientist, himself
Mad-Libs for the ChemistsThe set of categories have been revealed, so let us take a closer look on the names of the newly, super-heavy elements discovered.
- Nihonium – the element with atomic number 113 was named after the Japanese word “Nihon,” which means ‘Land of the Rising Sun.’ Something Japan can be proud of, The element named Nihonium was the first one to be made by Asian country. Japanese research center attributed the used of particle accelerator to smash a bunch of Bismuth – with atomic number 83, with a beam of zinc ions, an element with atomic number 30.
- Moscovium – the name given to element 115 honoring the city of Moscow and the team of Russian scientists that first created the element in 2003. The team bombarded atoms of Calcium, with atomic number 20 into a sheet of Americium, element number 95. Many laboratories around the world repeated the experiment, after few decades got its approval that the element really exists.
- Tennessine – among the 4 named elements, Tennessine is the latest discovered element, with atomic number of 117. Labs in Tennessee collaborated to produce such big element last 2010. The product of heavily smashed Calcium in combination of another man-made or synthetic element Berkelium, with atomic number 97.
- Oganesson – the last of the four newly named super-heavy elements, with atomic number of 118. The name was picked to honor Yuri Oganessian, the nuclear physicist who leads the Russian research team that assisted discovering the super-heavy elements, including this element 118. It was first created around 2002, experimented again last 2005. It is the synthesized product after smashing Californium, with atomic number 98 plus the element Calcium.
Completion to Expansion of More ElementsThese elements discoveries are keep on progressing and obviously there are still other missing like the element 119. About that element 119, well no one has ever succeeded in creating it yet. Then, maybe someone like you could do the job!
Experts said that creating elements after the 7th row of Periodic Table of Elements is very difficult. The valid reason is that we already reached the limit of our available particle accelerators, and even our measuring equipment.
If we can manage stabilizing, manipulating, colliding bigger atoms one day sure we can get to know more about these incoming elements. We humans need to learn more about chemistry. Soon, there will be expansion on the Periodic Table of Elements.