Phelps purified the berkelium-249 that was used in the discovery and identification of Tennessine (element 117
), named after the location of the lab where she works.
The name for element 117
is "tennessine," after the home state of Oak Ridge and Vanderbilt University, which was also involved in the discovery.
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.
ISLAMABAD -- An international team of researchers has confirmed the existence of highly radioactive element 117
The special berkelium target material, essential for the synthesis of element 117
, was produced over an 18-month-long campaign.
In April 07, 2010, the world press claimed about the end of an experiment in which element 117
was synthesized (this experiment continued from July 27, 2009, until February 28, 2010).
Right now, it's known simply as "element 117
" or "ununseptium." The experiment was led by Yuri Oganessian, a physicist at the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research in Dubna, Russia.
Baby Element 117
was officially filled in on the Periodic Table.