This is simply a great news for chemistry lovers and probably a tough news for students! The seventh row of the periodic table has been completed after 4 new elements have been added recently. In 2011, element 114 and element 116 were added and now the new elements have been discovered in joint effort by scientists from Japan, Russia and America.
International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry or IUPAC has recognized the four elements officially and verified the elements. The elements are 115, 117 and 118 respectively.
“The chemistry community is eager to see its most cherished table finally being completed down to the seventh row,” said Professor Jan Reedijk, president of the Inorganic Chemistry Division of IUPAC.
“IUPAC has now initiated the process of formalising 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).”
Kosuke Morita, the Lead researcher at Riken is now working to unveil element 119 and beyond!