Meet The Telugu Scientist Whose Team Discovered A New Element In The Periodic Table!

It’s official! Chemistry’s highest gatekeepers have accepted the newly proposed names for elements 113, 115, 117 and 118 and those names are Nihonium, Moscovium, Tennessine and Oganesson.

Element 117 of the Periodic Table, discovered in 2010 by a University of Vanderbilt-based research team led by Drs. Akunuri V. Ramayya and Joseph Hamilton, recently was given its official name of Tennessine.

Tennessine, named after Tennessee, the state where Vanderbilt is located and where Ramayya and Hamilton work as professors, has a symbol of Ts. Tennessine is a superheavy artificial chemical element with an atomic number of 117 and a symbol of Ts. Also known as eka-astatine or element 117, it is the second-heaviest known element and penultimate element of the 7th period of the periodic table. As of 2016, fifteen tennessine atoms have been observed: six when it was first synthesized in 2010, seven in 2012, and two in 2014.

Ramayya, a Telugu American researcher who earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Andhra University and got his doctorate degree from Indiana University in the 1960s in US.

Ramayya, along with Hamilton and a team of more than 20 researchers from Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the Fierov Laboratory for Nuclear Reactions in Russia, the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California, and the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, worked tirelessly on finding the latest element.


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