Time to update your Periodic Table

Illustration by: Jason Winter

Illustration by: Jason Winter

The Periodic Table has once again updated its fine variety of Elements, this time by adding 4 new Elements that have been recently discovered. The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) announced the four new elements last week. The newest elements are:

  • Nihonium with the symbol (Nh) and is now element number 113.
  • Moscovium with the symbol (Mc) and is now element number 115.
  • Tennessine with the symbol (Ts) and is now element number 117.
  • Oganesson with the symbol (Og) and is now element number 118.
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Each of the new elements were named by the scientists who discovered them. IUPAC has specific criteria that must be met when elements are named, but allow for some creativity. The Elements can be named after one of five categories:

  1. A mythological concept or character
  2. A mineral or substance
  3. A place or geographic region
  4. A property of said element
  5. A Scientist

Nihonium was discovered by a scientist at the RIKEN Nishina Center for Accelerator-Based Science located in Japan. The Name Nihonium is based off of the word “Nihon,” which is one way to say “Japan” in Japanese. Nihonium is the first element that has been discovered in an Asian country.

Moscovium was discovered by scientists at the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research in Dubna located near Moscow. Moscovium is based off of “Moscow” which is near its place of discovery.

Tennessine was discovered by scientists from the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Vanderbilt University, and the University of Tennessee at Knoxville all located in our fabulous USA. Tennessine was ne=amed after the state Tennessee (if that wasn’t already clear).

Finally, the element Oganesson wasn’t named after a location, but in honor of the 83-year old Russian researcher Yuri Oganessian. Oganesson was discovered by scientists in the Russian city of Dubna and scientists from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California.

While the names have been chosen for each element, IUPAC will make a final decision for the permanent names later in November of this year.

For more information, visit the IUPAC website.

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