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The Year in Chemistry: 2019’s biggest chemistry stories

As we draw to the end of 2019 and the International Year of the Periodic Table, this graphic summarises some of the biggest stories in chemistry this year. Highlights included a new form of elemental carbon, concerns over vaping health risks, unexpected stir bar effects on reactions, and more.

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IYPT 2019 Elements 116 & 117: Livermorium and Tennessine

Elements 116 and 117 in our International Year of the Periodic Table series are livermorium and tennessine. Tennessine, first created in 2010, is the most recently discovered element in the periodic table as of 2019.

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IYPT 2019 Elements 114 & 115: Flerovium and Moscovium

Elements 114 and 115 in our International Year of the Periodic Table series are flerovium and moscovium. Both of these elements have only been produced in extremely small amounts, so very little is known about them.

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IYPT 2019 Elements 112 & 113: Copernicium and Nihonium

Elements 112 and 113 in our International Year of the Periodic Table series are copernicium and nihonium – the latter of which was the first element to be discovered in an Asian country.

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IYPT 2019 Elements 110 & 111: Darmstadtium & Roentgenium

Elements 110 and 111 in our International Year of the Periodic Table series are darmstadtium and roentgenium – two elements that are tricky to pronounce and difficult for chemists to study.

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IYPT 2019 Elements 108 & 109: Hassium and Meitnerium

Elements 108 and 109 in our International Year of the Periodic Table series are hassium and meitnerium. The second and third of a short series of superheavy elements discovered by German scientists, one has surprising predicted properties, while the other rights a Nobel Prize wrong.