New elements contest winners

cherry blossoms with japanese flagNihonium was discovered in Japan. It is the first element to be discovered in Asia. To showcase this, we made our tile the Japanese flag. Since the name of nihonium translates to "land of the rising sun" in English, we made the red circle of the flag a sunrise. Along with this we added a radioactive sign to the top left of the tile. This is because nihonium is highly radioactive. Finally, we added cherry blossom trees to the bottom of our tile to represent more of the Japanese culture.

Greater Latrobe Senior High School, Latrobe, Pennsylvania, USA

Artist: Sydney Green, Sarah Seremet, Camryn Kinkead, Lauren Willner

Teacher: Rachel Suter

 Francesco Di Cicco (Chemistry Teacher) Gershon Canagasingham (student)

Left to right: Francesco Di Cicco (Chemistry Teacher), Gershon Canagasingham (student)

Moscovium is a radioactive element on the periodic table located in group 15. It was first synthesized in 2003 in a research facility found in Dubna, Russia. For my design, I have taken St. Basil's Cathedral in Moscow, one of the most iconic monuments in Russia, to represent the country. What appears to be fireworks in the night sky is the Bohr–Rutherford diagram of the element. The whole image is supposed to represent the celebration of the element’s new name in Moscow.

St. Edmund Campion Secondary School, Brampton, Ontario

Artist: Gershon Canagasingham

Teacher: Mr. Di Cicco

Asha Mistry (Chemistry Teacher) Suzanne Uraiqat (student)

Asha Mistry (Chemistry Teacher) and Suzanne Uraiqat (student)

Tennessine: There were three institutions behind this super-heavy element discovery. In my tile, I tried to honour all of them along with recognizing the contribution of the Tennessee region. I used the logo  of the University of Tennessee at Knoxville in the elemental symbol (T), the names of Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Vanderbilt University are shown, and in the background you can see a model cross section of High Flux Isotope Reactor Core. In the center of the core I added the Tennessee state flag symbol, glowing to acknowledge the radioactivity of the element.


Port Credit Secondary School, Mississauga, Ontario

Artist: Suzanne Uraiqat

Teacher: Asha Mistry

Julia Rombough (student) and Allan Julia Rombough (student) and Allan

Oganesson: The tile I created features the newly discovered element, oganesson. It is named after a Russian nuclear physicist, Yuri Oganessian, honouring him for his significant scientific achievements including that of discovering super-heavy elements. The background of the colours of the Russian flag represents Oganessian's nationality as well as the contribution of the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research in Dubna, Russia for the discovery of the element. The hair and glasses portray Oganessian’s most notable features, and the element’s name being written with chalk represents his occupation as a researcher.


Kitchener-Waterloo Collegiate Institute & Vocational School, Kitchener, Ontario

Artist: Julia Rombough

Teacher: Allan Van Brunschot