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Provisional Recommendations

Inorganic Chemistry Division
Commission on Nomenclature of Inorganic Chemistry

The Naming of New Elements

A procedure is proposed to name new elements. After the discovery of a new element is established by a joint IUPAC-IUPAP (International Union of Pure and Applied Physics) Working Group, the discoverers are invited to propose a name and a symbol to the IUPAC Inorganic Chemistry Division. Elements can be named after a mythological concept, a mineral, a place or country, a property, or a scientist. After examination and acceptance by the Inorganic Chemistry Division, the proposal follows the accepted IUPAC procedure for recommendations, and is then submitted to the Council of IUPAC for approval.

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> Download full text of the Provisional Recommendations (pdf file: koppenol_prs.pdf - 133KB; online 28 August 2001)

Comments by 31 March 2002
To Prof. Dr. W. H. Koppenol
Laboratorium f�r Anorganische Chemie
ETH H�nggerberg
CH-8093 Z�rich, Switzerland

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