Flerovium and Livermorium take seats at the periodic table


The International Union for Pure and Applied Chemistry (Iupac) has officially ratified the proposed names for elements 114 and 116, whose discovery was confirmed by Iupac late last year. The elements will take names that recognise the joint efforts of scientists in the US and Russia to provide unequivocal evidence of their synthesis.

The accepted names are Flerovium (symbol Fl) for element 114, honouring the Russian physicist Georgiy Flerov, who discovered the spontaneous fission of uranium. Flerov also gives his name to the laboratory at the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research in Dubna, Russia, where the element was first made.

Element 116 is to be called Livermorium (symbol Lv) in honour of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California, home of the US end of the collaborative team and a stalwart of nuclear and heavy-element research.

Today is also the deadline for submissions to the new Iupac joint working party with the International Union for Pure and Applied Physics (Iupap) on heavy elements, which will now begin to consider new evidence for claims relating to the discovery of elements 113, 115, 117 and higher.

Phillip Broadwith


Related Content

The worldwide chemist

31 July 2014 Feature

news image

Bea Perks profiles Martyn Poliakoff, the internet’s favourite ‘mad professor’

Ordering the elements

20 December 2013 Premium contentFeature

news image

From the law of octaves to the periodic table as we know it, Mike Sutton traces how chemists put their house in order

Most Read

Magnetic resonance taken to the limit

21 November 2014 Research

news image

Technique can read the spin of a single nucleus opening up a new way to investigate proteins and complex molecules

Boron and beryllium finally shake hands

24 November 2014 Research

news image

Never-before-seen bond observed between periodic table neighbours

Most Commented

US approves low acrylamide spud

25 November 2014 News and Analysis

news image

The first genetically modified potato that produces less acrylamide has been granted approval in the US

Nanostripe controversy in new twist

24 November 2014 Research

news image

Creator of striped nanoparticles insists questions over structures have already been answered and accuses critics of a 'perso...