How to Name New Chemical Elements

Corresponding Author: Jan Reedijk

 A procedure is proposed to name new chemical elements.  After the discovery of a new element is established by the joint IUPAC-IUPAP Working Group, the discoverers are invited to propose a name and a symbol to the IUPAC Inorganic Chemistry Division.  Elements can be named after a mythological concept, a mineral, a place or country, a property or a scientist. After examination and acceptance by the Inorganic Chemistry Division, the proposal follows the accepted IUPAC procedure and is then ratified by the Council of IUPAC. This document is a slightly amended version of the 2002 IUPAC Recommendations; the most important change is that the names of all new elements should have an ending that reflects and maintains historical and chemical consistency. This would be in general “-ium” for elements belonging to groups 1-16, “-ine” for elements of group 17 and “-on” for elements of group 18.

Public review ended 29 February 2016
> IUPAC Recommendations published in PAC 2016, 88(4), pp. 401-405; doi:10.1515/pac-2015-0802 (AOP 21 Apr 2016)

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