A team of scientists at Japan’s Riken has won the right to name a new element 113.
It is the first time that an Asian team names an element.
IUPAC, the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry, gave the naming right to Kosuke Morita, the leader of the team.
Element 113 provisionally had been named “ununtrium”.
Morita said he plans to spend part of this year considering a formal name.
Riken had earlier said “japonium” might be proposed as a name.
The team began working in 2003 to create element 113 by bombarding a thin layer of bismuth with zinc ions, Riken says.
Elements above the element number 92(Uranium), were not discovered in the nature, but were created artificially.
★参考にした新聞・ウェブサイト：Japan Times, IUPAC official website