Two new elements are joining the periodic table since their discovery by U.S. and Russian scientists, said a top U.S. chemistry expert on Friday.
The two new elements have not been named, but are known as 114 and 116, and were discovered via atom-smasher experiments. The two were first detected in 2004 and 2006, but took years to confirm. The last element that was added to the periodic table was copernicium, in 2009.
The atom-smasher experiments are called cross-bombardments and were hosted at the Joint Institute of Nuclear Research in Russia, in cooperation with a U.S. team in Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Berkeley, California. It consisted of smashing calcium together with plutonium to make 114, and calcium with curium for 116.
Carnegie Mellon University chemistry professor, Paul Karol, explains So they smash those two together and if they fuse, if they stick, you have then made something that is the sum of the two pieces and that is where the new elements come from.
What's next now is the naming process for the two new elements. What are your suggestions?