IUPAC has now initiated the process of formalizing names and symbols for these elements temporarily named as ununtrium, (Uut or element 113
), ununpentium (Uup, element 115), ununseptium (Uus, element 117), and ununoctium (Uuo, element 118)," Professor Jan Reedijk, president of the inorganic chemistry division of IUPAC, said.
IUPAC awarded credit for the discovery of element 113 to scientists at RIKEN in Wako, Japan (SN Online: 9/27/12).
Researchers at the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research in Dubna, Russia, and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California, which are among the institutions credited with elements 115, 117 and 118, had also laid claim to element 113 after experiments reported in 2004 (SN: 2/7/04, p.
Element 113 will be the first element discovered and named by researchers in Asia.
Therefore, the experiment appears to have also produced the first four atoms of element 113