Project Details How to Name New Chemical Elements

Project No.:
Start Date:
01 August 2015
End Date:
12 May 2016
Division Name:
Inorganic Chemistry Division
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To update the 2002 IUPAC recommendations on how to name newly discovered chemical elements. (Pure Appl. Chem., 2002, Vol. 74, No. 5, pp. 787-791


The revision is needed now because the ending for element names recommended over 12 years ago, might not be generally applicable and should at least be reconsidered. In particular it was not anticipated that the pace of discoveries of new heavy elements would be so fast that it would reach the halides or the noble gas groups in the foreseeable future.


October 2015 – the provisional recommendations titled ‘How to Name New Chemical Elements’ is made available for public review until 29 February 2016.


May 2016 – IUPAC Recommendations 2016 published: W.H. Koppenol, J. Corish, J. Garcia-Martinez, J. Meija, J. Reedijk, Pure Appl. Chem. 88 (2016) online 21 Apr 2016;


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