Nh, Mc, Ts, Og

Do these letters mean anything to you?  I expect not so please don’t worry if you have not seen them before. That said, they are the symbols for the most recent addition of elements to the periodic table. To give these new elements their official names (and proton numbers) we have: Nihonium (Nu) – 113 Moscovium (Mc) – 115 Tennessine (Ts) – 117 Oganesson (Og) – 118 What is interesting about the choice of names is that in a change from previous ‘new’ elemental names Ts ...

Are you up to date?

Breaking news – four new elements have been added to the periodic table. I’m sure chemists are paid to do this by the companies who make period tables to get us to buy new ones. OK, that’s a bad joke. Bad jokes aside, here are some more information about these new elements. The elements added have proton numbers 113, 115, 117, 118. Element 118 would be placed in group 18. This means that the seventh period of the periodic table is now ...

Flerovium and Livermorium

Flerovium (Fl) and Livermorium (Lv) - chances are that these are new elements to you - and they should be! It is now thought that the IUPAC will agree to officially name these elements as part of the periodic table in a few months time. Fl, atomic number 114 has been named after physicist Georgiy Flerov. Lv, atomic number 116 has been named after the Californian lab that discovered it. The names had been tentatively released to allow the general public to comment on ...

New Heavy Metal or Non Metal?

8th June, 2011 - according to the BBC website (click here for the article) two new elements are to be added to the periodic table. Elements 114 and 116, given the temporary names ununquadium and ununhexium have now been included in the periodic table. Scientists now have two importat questions to answer: What shall they be called? Are they metals or non metals? Element 114 could be particularly interesting as it is found in group 4 - could we have a super dense ...