Russia plans to synthesise new element

March 27th, 2011 - 11:59 am ICT by IANS  

Moscow, March 27 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Russian physicists plan to begin experiments on the synthesis of a new element 119 of the periodic system, a top scientist has said.

Scientists from the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research in Dubna, where six elements of the periodic system were synthesised earlier, are planning to conduct experiments with help from American experts.

“In the near future we are planning a first experiment on the synthesis of element 119 of Mendeleev’s periodic table together with our American colleagues from Livermore and Berkeley (laboratories),” said Sergei Dmitriyev, head of the institute’s laboratory of nuclear reactions, in Dubna, 125 km north of Moscow.

“We do believe that element 118 is not the last one,” he said.

Element 118 was synthesised in Dubna in October 2006.

The Joint Institute for Nuclear Research in Dubna is currently celebrating the 55th anniversary of its foundation.

–IANS/RIA Novosti

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