WASHINGTON D.C- This may be a bad news for students as they have to re-learn the Periodic table and the formulas to learn Periodic table require now to be made again. All this happened because of the discovery of four new elements which have filled the seventh row of the table.
These super-heavy chemical elements were discovered by scientists in Russia, US, and Japan and this discovery has been verified by experts and formally added to the table.
The elements, discovered by scientists in Japan, Russia and America, are the first to be added to the table since 2011, when elements 114 and 116 were added.
The elements, which currently bear placeholder names, will be officially named by the teams that discovered them in the coming months. Element 113 will be the first element to be named in Asia.
“The chemistry community is eager to see its most cherished table finally being completed down to the seventh row,” said Professor Jan Reedijk, president of the Inorganic Chemistry Division of International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC).
New elements can be named after a mythological concept, a mineral, a place or country, a property or a scientist.
The four new elements, all of which are synthetic, were discovered by slamming lighter nuclei into each other and tracking the following decay of the radioactive super-heavy elements.
Like other super-heavy elements that populate the end of the periodic table, they only exist for fractions of a second before decaying into other elements.