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Discovery of Elements with Atomic Number Z > 112


The Presidents of IUPAC and IUPAP have appointed a new Joint Working Party (JWP) to consider claims for the discovery of new elements. 

 The names of the members of this JWP are 

 Prof. R C Barber (University of Manitoba)

Dr. Graziano Fortuna    (Vice-president, INFN

Prof. Paul J. Karol (Carnegie Mellon University)

Prof. Bradley Sherrill   (Michigan State University)

Prof. Emanuele Vardaci (Universita degli Studi di Napoli Federico II)

Prof. Toshimitsu Yamazaki (University of Tokyo)

The discoveries of all elements up to and including copernicium, atomic number 112, and also those of elements with atomic numbers 114 and 116, which are currently awaiting finalisation of the naming process, have been assigned.

The new JWP wishes therefore to consider claims for the discovery of all the remaining elements in that period for which no assignments have yet been made: namely elements with atomic numbers 113, 115, 117 and 118. It will also consider claims for the discoveries of any elements with atomic numbers greater than 118. 

Claims submitted should be complete and as fully and clearly documented as is possible and should contain full references (widely available sources, no private communications).  They should be accompanied by a commentary that, for example, explains any apparent conflicts or omissions in the documentation presented. 

Because this is a new examination, all the details of published individual values for any element for which a claim is made is required. 

Fully documented claims should be submitted electronically to reach IUPAC enid@iupac.org on or before 31 May 2012 . 

Questions about the process can be directed to the President of the IUPAC Division of Inorganic Chemistry, Dr Robert D Loss r.loss@curtin.edu.au.