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The Discovery of Four New Elements in the Periodic Table

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The international union of pure and applied chemistry (IUPAC) which is U.S.-centered world authority of chemistry on 28 November 2016 approved the designations and symbols of four new elements. These elements are named as nihonium (Nh), moscovium (Mc), tennessine (Ts), and oganesson (Og), respectively with the atomic number of 113, 115, 117, and 118. The addition of these elements completed the seventh row of the periodic table.

How the elements are named?

IUPAC provided the researchers the rules and guidelines to help them in assigning the names. These names and designations should possess the ancient condition of being named considering a concept of mythology or alike materials, a geographical region or a place, a scientist or a possession of the element. The criteria was the name of the elements must end with "ium", "ine" or "on". This is done to maintain the chronology of naming assuring consistency of elements.

Nihonium (Nh)

According to IUPAC, scientists of Japan’s Riken Nishima center, based on Accelerator science suggested the name as nihonium which also means “Japan”. In Japanese nihonium means the land of rising sun. Researchers discovered the indefinable element in Aug 2012, by taking a thin layer of bismuth and then colliding with zinc nuclei. Similar to other heavy elements, when Nihonium was created, it immediately decayed, eventually changing element 113 as Roentgenium (111).

Moscovium (Mc)

Moscovium element was named and proposed in recognition with the Moscow region and privileges the nuclear research of joint institute which is situated in Russia and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in the United States. The element was discovered in 2003 and later announced on Feb 2004. To create moscovium, the scientists assaulted the ions of calcium with the atoms of americium in a cyclotron producing atoms of moscovium.

Tennessine (Ts)

Tennessine was named in honor of the Tennessee region, National Laboratory of Oak Ridge, Vanderbilt University, and the Tennessee University at Knoxville. The researcher bombarded ions of calcium with atoms of berkelium until atoms of tennessine was produced. Tennessine has two isotopes. The most constant isotope is Ts294, which has a half-life only of 80 milliseconds. It corrodes by alpha decay. Tennessine’s isotopes are assumed to decay by alpha decay or by spontaneous fission.

Oganesson (Og)

The collaborating team of scientists of the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research of Russia and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory of USA proposed the name oganesson for the atomic number 118. The suggestion of the name was given with the tradition of honoring of a scientist who was a recognized Professor Yuri Oganesson. Scientists showered ions of calcium with atoms of californium for 1,080 hours. This caused in forming the atoms of oganesson.


Chemists says, although there is no limit to the number of protons that an atomic nucleus can have, the more the count of protons, the element will be more unstable. The seventh row of the periodic table has been accomplished by completing a period with the discovery of the element 118. According to IUPAC, researchers will continue searching for heavier elements. uses cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. By using this site, you agree to our Privacy Policy and our Terms of Use. X