118 ununseptiumununoctiumununennium


Periodic Table - Extended Periodic Table
Name, Symbol, Number ununoctium, Uuo, 118
Chemical series noble gases
Group, Period, Block 18, 7, p
Appearance unknown, probably colorless
Atomic mass predicted, (314) g/mol
Electron configuration perhaps [Rn] 5f14 6d10 7s2 7p6
(guess based on radon)
Electrons per shell 2, 8, 18, 32, 32, 18, 8
Phase presumably a gas
CAS registry number 54144-19-3

Ununoctium (IPA pronunciation: /ˌjuːnəˈnɒktiəm/ [1]) is the temporary IUPAC name for the superheavy element having atomic number of 118, currently the highest atomic number assigned to a reputedly discovered element (see elements discovered in the 21st Century). It has the temporary IUPAC element symbol Uuo.

Ununoctium probably shares similar properties of its group, the noble gases, resembling radon in its chemical properties, and so some researchers have referred to it as eka-radon. It is probably the second radioactive gaseous element and the first standard semiconductive gas.

Ignoring nuclear instability due to radioactivity, scientists expect that ununoctium is much more chemically reactive than xenon or radon. It would likely form stable oxides (UuoO3, etc.) as well as chlorides and fluorides.

The name ununoctium is a systematic element name, used as a placeholder until the IUPAC decides on a name.



On October 10, 2006, researchers working at the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (JINR) in Dubna, Russia, announced in Physical Review C that they had indirectly detected a total of three nuclei of ununoctium-294 (one in 2002 and two more in 2005) produced via collisions of californium-249 atoms and calcium-48 ions [2][3]:

\,^{249}_{98}\mathrm{Cf} + \,^{48}_{20}\mathrm{Ca} \, \to \,^{294}_{118}\mathrm{Uuo} + 3 \; ^1_0\mathrm{n} \;

Because of the very small fusion reaction probability (the fusion cross section is 0.5 pb = 5×10−41 m2) more than 4×1019 calcium ions had to be shot at the californium to have only three fusion reactions.

The research team consisted of workers from JINR and the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California, USA. The decay products of three atoms of ununoctium, not the atoms themselves, were observed in Dubna. A half-life of 0.89 ms was observed: 294Uuo decays into 290Uuh by alpha decay.

The identification of the 294Uuo nuclei was verified by separately creating the putative daughter nucleus 290Uuh by means of a bombardment of 245Cm with 48Ca ions,

\,^{245}_{96}\mathrm{Cm} + \,^{48}_{20}\mathrm{Ca} \, \to \,^{290}_{116}\mathrm{Uuh} + 3 \; ^1_0\mathrm{n} \;

and checking that the 290Uuh decay matched the decay chain of the 294Uuo nuclei.

The daughter nucleus 290Uuh is very unstable, decaying with a half-life of 14 milliseconds into 286Uuq, which may undergo spontaneous fission or undergo alpha decay into 282Uub, which will undergo spontaneous fission. [4]



In 1999, researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory had announced the discovery of elements 116 and 118, in a paper published in Physical Review Letters. [5]

The researchers claimed to have performed the reaction:

\,^{86}_{36}\mathrm{Kr} + \,^{208}_{82}\mathrm{Pb} \, \to \,^{293}_{118}\mathrm{Uuo} + 1 \; ^1_0\mathrm{n} \;

The following year, they published a retraction after other researchers were unable to duplicate the results.[6] In June 2002, the director of the lab announced that the original claim of the discovery of these two elements had been based on data fabricated by principal author Victor Ninov.

The American group had intended to name it ghiorsium after Albert Ghiorso before having to retract their claim.


See also



  1. Pronounced yoo'nànŏk`tēàm at Columbia Encyclopedia
  2. Sanderson, Katherine (17 October 2006). Heaviest element made - again. nature@news.com. Nature (journal). Retrieved on 2006-10-19.
  3. Phil Schewe and Ben Stein (17 October 2006). Elements 116 and 118 Are Discovered. Physics News Update. American Institute of Physics. Retrieved on 2006-10-19.
  4. Oganessian, Yu. Ts., Utyonkov, V.K.; Lobanov, Yu.V.; Abdullin, F.Sh.; Polyakov, A.N.; Sagaidak, R.N.; Shirokovsky, I.V.; Tsyganov, Yu.S.; Voinov, Yu.S.; Gulbekian, G.G.; Bogomolov, S.L.; B. N. Gikal, A. N. Mezentsev, S. Iliev; Subbotin, V.G.; Sukhov, A.M.; Subotic, K; Zagrebaev, V.I.; Vostokin, G.K.; Itkis, M. G.; Moody, K.J; Patin, J.B.; Shaughnessy, D.A.; Stoyer, M.A.; Stoyer, N.J.; Wilk, P.A.; Kenneally, J.M.; Landrum, J.H.; Wild, J.H.; and Lougheed, R.W. (2006-10-09). "Synthesis of the isotopes of elements 118 and 116 in the 249Cf and 245Cm+48Ca fusion reactions". Physical Review C 74 (4): 044602. DOI:10.1103/PhysRevC.74.044602. Retrieved on 2006-10-16.
  5. Ninov, Viktor, K. E. Gregorich, W. Loveland, A. Ghiorso, D. C. Hoffman, D. M. Lee, H. Nitsche, W. J. Swiatecki, U. W. Kirbach, C. A. Laue, J. L. Adams, J. B. Patin, D. A. Shaughnessy, D. A. Strellis, and P. A. Wilk (1999-05-27). "Observation of Superheavy Nuclei Produced in the Reaction of 86Kr with 208Pb". Physical Review Letters 83 (6-9): 1104–1107. DOI:10.1103/PhysRevLett.83.1104. Retrieved on 2006-10-20.
  6. Public Affairs Department. "Results of element 118 experiment retracted", Berkeley Lab, 2001-7-21. Retrieved on 2006-10-17.

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