2013 Flerovium and Livermorium contest

2013 Elemental contest winners 

The voters have spoken; the winning tiles for the newly named elements flerovium (Fl) and livermorium (Lv) have been decided. 

Fl-114 tile for the Periodic Table Project

Emily Lam – University of Toronto Schools, Toronto, Ontario

Formally adopted by IUPAC on May 30, 2012, flerovium, formerlyununquadium, was first discovered at the Flerov Laboratory of Nuclear Reactions, a laboratory within the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (JINT) in Dubna, Russia, in December 1998 by bombarding a 244Pu atom with 48Ca ions. The element is named after the Flerovlaboratory, which was itself named after the Russian physicist Georgy Flerov. The tile, done in marker and colour pencil, depicts a radioactive symbol and the logo of JINT with blue highlights to reflect the colour of their logo. The background has been layered with marker so that when one looks closely, details regardingflerovium’s history are revealed.

Lv-116 tile for the Periodic Table Project

Lisa Lai – Campbell Collegiate, Regina, Saskatchewan 

Livermorium is an element created by combining calcium and curium. Even though it was “discovered” in Russia, it was named after the US Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory because over the years scientists at Livermore have been involved in many areas of nuclear science. This is a prime example of great synthesizing among nations. I chose to use a silver arrow pointing at light to represent where we are headed, to a better understanding and clarity of our world. The colourful ribbons symbolize the nations and how we are able to now work together to further our knowledge in science as a world and community. 

Congratulations to both the winners – your tiles will always appear on our periodic table henceforth. The designs are now part of our iPad and iPod apps.