Thursday, 11 June 2009

Perioidic table gets a new element

The periodic table will soon have a new addition - the "super-heavy" element 112. The element 112, discovered at the Centre for Heavy Ion Research in Darmstadt, has been officially recognized as a new element by the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC). IUPAC confirmed the recognition of element 112 in an official letter to the head of the discovering team, Professor Sigurd Hofmann. The letter furthermore asks the discoverers to propose a name for the new element. In about 6 months, after the proposed name has been assessed by IUPAC, the element will receive its official name. The new element is approximately 277 times heavier than hydrogen, making it the heaviest element in the periodic table.

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