Elements 113, 115, 117, and 118 will know also be known as Nh, Mc, Ts, and Og
The International Union of Pure & Applied Chemistry officially recognised the discovery of elements 113, 115, 117, and 118 on the seventh row of the Periodic Table a few months ago, but now the elements’ names have officially been revealed for the first time.
These four superheavy metals are all made by “bombarding metal targets with beams of ions,” and have previously been existing under placeholder names inspired by their numbers, namely ununtrium, ununpentium, ununspeptium, and ununoctium. Now a review process has formally rubberstamped their new names, with not a sign of any ‘Element McElementface’ hijinks in sight.
Chemists at RIKEN in Wako, Japan gave the name to 113, calling it nihonium, abbreviated as Nh, and comes from the word Nihon, a way of saying Japan in Japanese. Element 115 takes its name from the Russian capital Moscow and will be called moscovium (Mc), in honour of the city’s Joint Institute for Nuclear Research. 117 was named by researchers at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California and Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, and was named tennessine (Ts), californium having already been taken.
And finally, 118 takes its name from the Russian physicist Yuri Oganessian and will be called oganesson, with the symbol Og.
Essential information for when you’re next at a table quiz or watching Pointless with your family.