Five thousand: that’s the number of nappy changes the average child will need. There are several nappy choices available to parents, but disposable nappies make up a large portion of the market – and there’s a fair amount of chemistry behind how they keep a baby dry.
Element 118, the final element in our International Year of the Periodic Table series, is oganesson. Oganesson was discovered in 2002 and its properties defy our expectations based on trends in the periodic table.
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.
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.
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.
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.