A successful connection: GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung and the Darmstadtium Congress Center publish a periodic table for schools


At 150 years of age, every chemistry lesson still must have it: the periodic table of the elements. The table organizes all substances in the universe according to their atomic masses and chemical properties. The United Nations has declared 2019 to be the International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements. For this occasion, GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung and the Darmstadtium Science and Congress Center have published a periodic table as educational material for chemistry lessons.

The periodic table of elements is an important tool in chemistry lessons where it gives students a well-grounded comprehension of the structure of atoms and the properties of the chemical elements. All known chemical elements are included in this table. Each box represents an element and, in addition to its name, contains its chemical symbol and properties. Since it was drawn up 150 years ago, the periodic table has continued to develop, and today it lists 118 elements. The currently published version of the periodic table incorporates the latest IUPAC data and standards and is intended to be a learning aid for intermediate school levels.

With the discovery of six chemical elements, GSI Helmholtzzentrum has made a significant contribution to expanding the periodic table. The bohrium to copernicium elements were first discovered in experiments at GSI. A new element was created through fusing two atomic nuclei to form a new, much larger and heavier atomic nucleus. To do so, a particle collider was used to bombard the layer of an atomic nuclei of one element with the atomic nuclei of a second element at extremely high speeds. If the atomic nuclei hit one another in the center, they can fuse into a new atomic nucleus. One element discovered this way is darmstadtium, named after the city of Darmstadt, where it was discovered. At the same time, it also gave its name to the Darmstadtium Science and Congress Center.

Darmstadtium is a state-of-the-art congress center that focuses on the needs of future generations. It is well-known in Germany and Europe for sustainability and excellent information technology. As a pioneer in the connectivity revolution, it offers first-class in-house Internet access for conferences and congresses at the level of a major provider. 

Darmstadtium and GSI Helmholtzzentrum are closely connected through the element names and their national and international standing. This is why the project partners have jointly published the periodic table as teaching material for chemistry lessons. With a clear and informative design and practical A4 format, the periodic table will be made available to schools. In addition to traditional data such as the atomic number, element symbol, electronegativity and melting and boiling points, it also contains information about both project partners. The surface of the sheet has been given a special coating. It protects the paper from dust, damp and other contamination. Furthermore, the matt surface of the coating absorbs annoying light reflections during the lessons.

GSI and Darmstadtium are giving out the periodic table to schools free of charge (for as long as stocks last). Teachers can order copies for their school classes. (Shipping within Germany.) (JL)

Click here to order.