11 April, 2013

A To Z Challenge: Japan Could Put A "J" On The Periodic Table Of Elements

You may have noticed from the title that I haven't named a specific field of study, unlike previous posts. That's because, unfortunately, there are exactly zero branches of physical science (my theme's center) beginning with the letter "j". So this time I bring you a recent scientific discovery only: The synthesis of the new element ununtrium 113 by Japanese scientists.


Ununtrium, element 113 on the periodic table, is a solid at room temperature and can only exist by its being synthesized; it is not a natural element. It was first created by a group of Russians and Americans in 2004, along with element 115, but the results needed to be verified before it could be declared that 113 had been created. The Japanese scientists used a different method to create 113, which acted as that verification.

If scientists in Japan decide to name the element they discovered with a word including "j" it would bring the periodic table one letter closer to filling out the alphabet--so far "j" and "q" remain off the chart. The element jodium is the Dutch word for iodine, but officially iodine is denoted by the letter I, not J.




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Sources:
http://www.riken.jp/en/pr/press/2012/20120927/
http://chemistry.about.com/od/elementfaqs/f/What-Letter-Is-Not-Found-In-The-Periodic-Table.htm
http://www.webelements.com/ununtrium/

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Got any favorite elements? Do you think there will ever be a "j" and a "q" on the list of elements?


-----The Golden Eagle

22 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Hopefully they will name it with something beginning with J. Now someone just needs to locate a Q.

Pat Hatt said...

J should be on display, and the unun sounds kind of fun.

Samuel Bledsoe said...

There are plenty of strange words that start with Q. Maybe someone will wise up and name 113 and 118 something alphabetic.

Carol Riggs said...

That's interesting! I didn't know they could make up elements and add them to the periodic chart. :) Ununtrium sounds very sci-fi.

Charles Gramlich said...

I thought there was something called "jokeology!" ;)

Heather said...

Odd there isn't anything beginning with a J on the chart. I never stopped and thought about it.

M Pax said...

Naquadah isn't on there? :) Just kidding. Joshing or Joking element would be fun.

Old Kitty said...

Awwwww - I hope J will appear in the periodic table soon!! Yay!! Take care
x

Elise Fallson said...

Very cool. Hope J makes the cut.

Jeff Hargett said...

Amazing how many elements have been added since I was in school. I believe the PToE only had 103 back then. (Yeah, I'm old.)

Liz said...

That would get me one step closer to being able to make any word using only periodic table elements. It's hard to do.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Why do scientists create new elements? Are they created with a purpose or just because they can?

C. Lee McKenzie said...

I'm glad I'm not in college! I thought the periodic table was daunting then, but now it's beyond my non-scientific brain entirely. As to the J and Q question, my guess is yes. Someone will flesh out the table to make the alphabet complete as soon as they discover how important that is to the AtoZ Challengers like yourself.

DWei said...

Someone will synthesize something new sooner or later and give it enough time, J and Q will find their way on the table.

Mark Means said...

I didn't realize they were trying to fill out the alphabet with elements. Makes sense, though, I guess :)

Rob-bear said...

One never ceases to be amazed at what people can do! The next question — is there anything in which this new element an be used?

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Fe said...

Oh my word. I am so glad to have found your site, for a reason totally divorced from science.

I did NanoWrimo in 2005 and that started me off writing my current book series. It's taken an awfully long time to get to where I am, nearly 95% finished the writing part. I should have simply waited for November each year and done the 50,000 words that way...

The Golden Eagle said...

Alex: Where's John de Lancie when you need him?

Patt: Almost as fun as Ununpentium, the temporary name for element 115.

Samuel: Perhaps! It would be nice to have a complete alphabet.

Carol: Yup, they can. It's how a lot of the extremely heavy elements have been recorded--they don't exist naturally.

Charles: LOL. Maybe there is--I don't know what recent development I'd choose for that field, though. :)

Heather: I hope they put a "j" on there soon!

Mary: I'm afraid I had to Google that reference . . . haven't seen Stargate yet!

Old Kitty: Me, too. :)

Elise: Same here!

Jeff: It's fascinating that they've created so many more over the years.

Liz: I've never tried . . . but it sounds difficult!

Susan: These days it's mostly just because they can. I don't think anyone's found a use for the superheavy elements they're coming up with now.

Lee: Doing an A-Z Challenge on all the different elements would be fun!

DWei: Probably.

Mark: Well, I'm hoping they do, anyway. :)

Rob-bear: I don't think there is at this point. It's just exploration of what can be created in the laboratory.

Fe: I'm happy you found it anyway! Welcome to The Eagle's Aerial Perspective. :)

Congratulations on being so close to finishing your project. I know what you mean by waiting until November--I'm often far less productive the rest of the year.

Jagoda said...

I like M Pax's idea of a joking element. :-) My first name is spelled with a 'j' but pronounced like a 'y' so maybe the unun...(sp?) could be written with a silent 'j' too. That would also be an homage to the Japanese.

Ava Quinn said...

My fourth graders would always be astounded when I'd explain that every thing on Earth, as well as what has been discovered from outer space, (moon rocks, meteors, etc.) are all made up of something found on that chart.

Cool stuff. You made my scientist heart go pitter pat!

The Golden Eagle said...

Jagoda: I've been pronouncing your name wrong in my head! I didn't know it was a silent "j".

It would be an interesting name for an element!

Ava: Hooray--I love it when people say they've been excited by science. :)

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi GE .. I rather like the sound of the alphabet periodic table - and hope the J comes to fruition .. interesting to read about .. cheers Hilary