Ah yes, the geeks know it too well; the periodic table. It is the infamous table that has gotten us in so much trouble back in our Chemistry classes, right? Well, you can be grateful that you no longer have to study it, remember it or use it because as it happens, four new elements have been added to it. This recent addition has completed the seventh row of periodic table.
The additions include element – 113, 115, 117 and 118 – and have been discovered by scientists from United States, Russia and Japan. The additions were confirmed by officials from the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC). The last addition to periodic table took place back in 2011 and that comprised of element 114 and 116. A little geeky fact; the periodic table was created back in 1869 by a Russian scientists known as Dmitri Mendeleyev.
IUPAC released a statement that a team of Russian and US researchers working at the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research in Dubna and Lawrence National Laboratory in California came up with evidence that was sufficient enough to justify the claim of discovery of elements 115, 117 and 118. The element 113 was also claimed by the American and Russian scientists, however, has been awarded to a team hailing from the land of rising sun, Japan, from the Riken Institute. This would be the first discovery that has been credited to Asian scientists. Kosuke Morita, the team leader of Japan team, stated that the team has now plans of investigating the element 119.
Professor Jan Reedijk, President of the Inorganic Chemistry Division of IUPAC said, “The chemistry community is eager to see its most cherished table finally being completed down to the seventh row. IUPAC has now initiated the process of formalizing names and symbols for these elements temporarily named as ununtrium, (Uut or element 113), ununpentium (Uup, element 115), ununseptium (Uus, element 117), and ununoctium (Uuo, element 118).”
The names to these elements will be inspired by a mineral, a place (country), a mythological concept, a property or even a scientists. All of the new elements were discovered using scientific experiments, in case you were wondering.