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release date:2016.12.06

Element 113 has an official name! The name is nihonium, and the chemical symbol Nh.

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The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) has officially approved the name (nihonium) and chemical symbol (Nh) proposed earlier this year for element 113 by Professor Kosuke Morita belonging to the Faculty of the Science of Kyushu University led a research group as Group Director of the RIKEN Nishina Center for Accelerator-Based Science Research Group for Superheavy Element.

The official name of an element 113 : nihonium
The symbol of an element 113 : Nh

For more information, please see RIKEN’s Website.

<Comment from Kyushu University President Chiharu Kubo>
As a member of Kyushu University, I would like to say how tremendously honored we are that the name and symbol for element 113 have been approved as nihonium (Nh), in accordance with the proposal by Professor Kosuke Morita’s research team. Furthermore, on behalf of Kyushu University, I would like to express my heartfelt congratulations to Professor Morita.
The periodic table of the elements is used worldwide and I am sure that the addition of nihonium – a word derived from the Japanese language – to one corner of the table will prove to be a profoundly significant development that will boost the motivation of the students and young researchers who will lead Japan into the future. We at Kyushu University have been greatly heartened by this remarkable accomplishment by one of our own professors. As such, we intend to continue to spare no effort in our endeavors to advance science and technology in Japan, as a university that is always facing up to future challenges.

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