Russian scientist Yuri Oganessian, a 2014-15 Faculty Fellow with the Texas A&M University Institute for Advanced Study (TIAS) and longtime Cyclotron Institute collaborator, will be on campus this week for a free public lecture detailing his namesake element, oganesson.


As an international expert in the discovery of new elements and isotopes through nuclear collisions, Russian scientist Yuri Oganessian has helped to discover his fair share of superheavy elements during his six-decade career. The heaviest one yet -- element 118 -- will be named oganesson in honor of the 2014-15 Texas A&M University Institute for Advanced Study (TIAS) Faculty Fellow and Cyclotron Institute collaborator.

This week, Texas A&M invites the scientific community and general public to join the university in celebrating Oganessian as the 15th scientist and only the second living one to be so honored as part of a special occasion and once-in-a-lifetime learning opportunity.

On Thursday (Nov. 17), Oganessian will present "Expanding the Periodic Table: An Element 118 Odyssey," set for 7 p.m. in the Annenberg Presidential Conference Center on Texas A&M's west campus. No tickets are required for admission to the free public lecture, which will be followed by a brief reception. Free parking also is available on the Bush Presidential Library and Museum Complex grounds.

As the world's governing body for chemistry, the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) first proposed naming element 118 after Oganessian in June. The element is one of four set to be added to the periodic table in January at the conclusion of a multi-phase confirmation process.

The 83-year-old Oganessian is the scientific leader of the Flerov Laboratory of Nuclear Reactions at the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research in Dubna, about 80 miles north of Moscow, where he has worked since 1956.

An acknowledged leader in experimental nuclear physics and a member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Oganessian conducts research into nuclear reactions with a focus on the synthesis of new chemical elements. He has twice been named winner of the State Prize, the highest national award by the President of Russia, in addition to other prestigious international competitions. He is regarded as the world leader in the search for and discovery of new elements after having discovered the heaviest elements with atomic numbers as well as nuclear reactions leading to synthesis of elements.

Oganesson (Og) is one of six new elements that Oganessian and his team have discovered since 2000. His collaborators during the last 20 years in addition to the Cyclotron Institute have included Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Vanderbilt University.

As a TIAS Faculty Fellow, Oganessian collaborated with Texas A&M faculty and students in the Cyclotron Institute and the Department of Physics and Astronomy in the College of Science.

Thursday's event is co-sponsored by the Texas A&M Institute for Advanced Study (TIAS) and Nuclear Solutions Institute, in partnership with the College of Science, Cyclotron Institute and Department of Chemistry.

For additional information, contact the Cyclotron Institute at (979) 845-1411.

To learn more about Oganessian, element 118 and his related research, see this past feature story.

Read Chemistry World's in-depth report on the four superheavy element discoveries and the key players -- including Oganessian -- behind their synthesis.

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