The seventh row of the periodic table of the elements has been completed with the discovery of element 113 and Japanese scientists at RIKEN are being credited for their work. Image courtesy: Riken
In late December, RIKEN, the largest comprehensive research institution in Japan, announced that their labs have been given recognition for the the discovery of the 113th atomic element, Ununtrium.
Project leader Kosuke Morita said in a statement that he is deeply moved that new element discovered by Japanese scientists, and the first discovered in Asia, will be added onto periodic table of elements.
Almost 13 years later, the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry and the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics, have recommended that RIKEN be given the recognition for the discovery of the element.
“Now that we have conclusively demonstrated the existence of element 113,” Morita said in a statement, “we plan to look to the uncharted territory of element 119 and beyond, aiming to examine the chemical properties of the elements in the seventh and eighth rows of the periodic table.”
A potential name for the new element, according to an article from 2012, is Japanium, but other reports say that it could be named Japonium. However, Morita hasn’t decided on a specific name as of yet. He plans to spend part of this year contemplating a name for the element.