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Volume 41, Issue 1


Criteria for New Element Discovery: Providing Assurance in a Field of Allure and Romance

Sigurd Hofmann
Published Online: 2019-01-07 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ci-2019-0103


Allure and romance are rarely expected in an article presented under the bulky headline “Criteria that must be satisfied for the discovery of a new chemical element to be recognized.” However, the members of the Transfermium Working Group (TWG) worked out a most fascinating publication on a difficult subject during the years from 1988 to 1991 [1].


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Sigurd Hofmann

Sigurd Hofmann < > was leading scientist at the Gesellschaft für Schwerionenforschung (GSI), in Darmstadt, Germany, which is credited with the discovery experiments of several chemical elements, including darmstadtium, roentgenium, and copernicium. He is Honorary Professor at the Goethe-Universität in Frankfurt am Main.

Published Online: 2019-01-07

Published in Print: 2019-01-01

Citation Information: Chemistry International, Volume 41, Issue 1, Pages 10–15, ISSN (Online) 1365-2192, ISSN (Print) 0193-6484, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ci-2019-0103.

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