Japanese-Discovered 113th Element Officially Named Nihonium (News)

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Tokyo, Nov. 30 (Jiji Press)--The 113th element has been officially named nihonium, as proposed by the Japanese scientists who created the new element for the first time, the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry said Wednesday.

The new element's symbol is Nh, also proposed by the Japanese research team led by Kosuke Morita of state-affiliated research institute Riken.

The name and symbol were adopted after a five-month public comment period and discussions by the IUPAC.

Morita said in a statement that the team is very pleased to see the first Asian-discovered element included in the periodic table, which is an intellectual asset of humanity.

In 2003, the Japanese team launched attempts to create the 113th element by bombarding zinc, which has 30 protons, and bismuth, with 83 protons. By 2012, the team had succeeded three times in these attempts.

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