Write to the scientist using chemical elements

News, 26 July 2021

Yuri Tsolakovich Oganessian is the only man in the world whose address can be written with chemical elements. He is waiting for letters from school students of the Big Break project. The authors of the most memorable ones will receive invitations for the meeting with the scientist.

It should be reminded that on 23 July, the largest in Europe, Asia, and America panel “Mendeleev’s Periodic Table” was opened on the imitative of Yuri Tsolakovich Oganessian on the Volga embankment in Dubna where the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research is located. More than 10 thousand Big Break students watched the broadcast of the opening ceremony of the grandiose art object. Moreover, Scientific Secretary of the Flerov Laboratory of Nuclear Reactions Alexander Karpov delivered a lecture on superheavy elements for participants of the Big Break competition. About 3.5 thousand school students watched it online.

The Joint Institute for Nuclear Research – being an international scientific organization – supports the interest of school children all over the world in science, and the Big Break project announces a competition for school children “Write to the scientist” in the Year of Science and Technology. Students are proposed to write a letter in an envelope to a scientist, RAS Academician Yuri Tsolakovich Oganessian. He is the only person in the world whose address can be written with chemical elements:

Ru (rutenium) – Russia,
Mc (moscovium) – Moscow region,
Db (dubnium) – Dubna,
Fl (flerovium) – Flerov street,
Og (oganesson) – to Yuri Tsolakovich Oganessian.

And every postman knows the house of Yuri Oganessian in Dubna.

Senders may ask questions to the scientist. Each participant will receive a commemorative postcard and a souvenir from Academician Oganessian, and he will invite for a meeting the authors of three favorite letters. The competition will last until 1 September.

Background information::

The panel “Mendeleev’s Periodic Table” is more than 284 sq.m. large. The art object is illuminated in the dark and is well-seen from the ships sailing along the Volga river. The grandiose panel is intended to reflect not only the outstanding contribution of JINR scientists to the discovery of new chemical elements but also to contribute to the increase of interest of civil society, the youth first of all, in achievements of modern science.

In total, 18 new chemical elements (101 – 118) emerged in Mendeleev’s periodic table since the foundation of the Institute in 1956. 10 of them were synthesised at JINR, including the 5 heaviest elements. The names of two of them discovered at JINR -dubnium and moscovium – are connected with the place of the Institute’s location. Two other elements are called flerovium and oganesson after outstanding JINR scientists who made a decisive contribution to the development of this scientific realm.