Ununbium: Element 112 finally has a home

NIST periodic tableThe International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC), confirmed the discovery of 112 by the team led by Sigurd Hofmann at the Helmholtz Center. The team originally announced six elements, in which the other five have already been accepted by IUPAC. The team announced the discovery in 1996 but it has taken the past 13 years to confirm the discovery because the element only last for a fleeting moment. IUPAC is now requesting names for the superheavy element.

Element 112 is one of 22 man-made elements. The element is a fusion of the nuclei of lead and zinc created in a particle accelerator. The element has an atomic mass of 277, containing 112 electrons and 165 neutrons.

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