New Delhi: Seventh row of the periodic table is full.
Officials from the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) have confirmed the discovery of elements 113, 115, 117 and 118.
The IUPAC has announced that a team of US and Russian scientists have fulfilled the criteria to claim the discovery of elements 115, 117 and 118.
The credit for discovery of element 113 goes to scientists at RIKEN in Japan.
These elements are not found in nature and have been synthesized artificially in the lab.
While element 113 was known as ‘Ununtrium’, elements 115, 117 and 118 were known as ‘Ununpentium’, ‘Ununseptium’ and ‘Ununoctium’ respectively.
By confirming the discovery of the elements, the teams have earned the right to name the elements and suggest their symbols.
The report on the newly recognized elements will appear in early 2016.
Element 113 will be the first element to be discovered and named by scientists in Asia.
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