Four new element names proposed for periodic table

The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) has announced the new names for elements 113, 115, 117 & 118 as Nihonium, Moscovium, Tennessine and Oganesson. The elements are discovered recently. The names are however proposed not final.

According to the reports, element names have to follow certain rules and can be named only after one of their chemical or physical properties, a mythological concept, a mineral, a place or country, or a scientist. In line with convention, the proposed names for the four elements are derived from scientists’ names and geographical locations of research institutes. After a five-month public review period and approval by IUPAC, the names will become official.

Jan Reedijk, president of IUPAC’s inorganic chemistry division, said it’s a pleasure to see people and places recognized in the four elements. The proposed names had to follow IUPAC rules and are now available for public review. People have until November 8 to object to the proposals, and IUPAC has the final say.