Three new elements to be added to the Periodic Table soon

Top Quote Scientists from all over the world discussed the future of chemistry during the 20th Mendeleev Congress on General and Applied Chemistry in Ekaterinburg, Russia. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) October 06, 2016 - For several days, "Ekaterinburg-EXPO" exhibition center and Ural Federal University (Ekaterinburg, Russia), became the platforms for presenting research findings and discoveries in chemistry. Representatives of science and industry held numerous discussions to define the main directions for development of and interaction between modern chemical engineering plants.

    At the Congress, over 2,000 scientists from all over the world presented the achievements of Russian and international chemical science, and discussed the most important problems of the field. The high status of the Congress was set by the participation of Dan Shechtman, winner of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry of 2011; Vladimir Fortov, President of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS); Sergey Aldoshin, Vice-President of RAS; Aslan Tsivadze, Member and Secretary of Chemistry and Materials Science Department of RAS; Natalia Tarasova, President of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) and other distinguished scientists.

    The agenda of the Congress included the most topical problems of present-day chemistry, such as medicinal chemistry, oil and gas chemistry, alternative energy sources, water economy and chemical education.

    One of the most important news presented at the Congress was that the Mendeleev's Periodic Table is soon to be widened with new elements. According to Sergey Dmitriev, Head of the Flerov Laboratory of Nuclear Reactions, elements 115, 117 and 118 have already been placed into the Periodic Table, and their names are to be confirmed by the end of the year.

    According to Valery Charushin, President of the Ural Division of RAS, the 20th Mendeleev Congress was extensive, high-status, embracing all fields of modern chemistry. Charushin also noted that the 20th Mendeleev Congress made it possible to take a look into the future. Thus, everyone was genuinely impressed by Vladimir Fortov's report on extreme states of substances. This area goes beyond traditional chemistry, but it is very important for deeper understanding of matter and its structure. Another report that aroused great interest was presented by Alexander Tropsha, a scientist from the University of North Carolina (USA), and devoted to cheminformatics, a branch of science that applies computer and informational methods to chemical problems.
    "We must introduce computer science more actively to chemical education and our practical chemical research", notes Valery Charushin. "We can't do without it anymore, as the flow of information is so voluminous that one has to be able to navigate competently around this ocean".

    With a great deal of certainty, one can speak about the location for the next Mendeleev Congress 2019: in the year of the 150th anniversary of the periodic law, the Congress will take place in Saint Petersburg. The necessary recommendation letters from the Russian Academy of Sciences and the Mendeleev Congress will be sent to UNESCO and the Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov.

    The 20th Mendeleev Congress on General and Applied Chemistry took place on September, 26 - September, 30, 2016.

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