March 1, 2019, by jicke

From the obvious to the obscure – how the Nottingham Periodic Table is shaping up

Over 300 suggestions have been made for the Nottingham Periodic Table that is being created to celebrate the International Year of the Periodic Table – a task that has certainly captured people’s imaginations!

To mark this anniversary year the University of Nottingham is creating its very own Nottingham version of the Periodic Table and has been asking people to help by providing their suggestions of Nottingham related replacements for the chemical elements. The completed Nottingham Periodic Table will be unveiled at this year’s Wonder event on 15th June which will also have a periodic table theme.

A wide range of ideas

 Suggestions so far feature a wide range of Nottingham people, places, events and even slang – with some being much more obvious than others!

As you may expect, Nottingham legends Robin Hood and Brian Clough are the most popular suggestions for Rhodium (Rh) and Bromine (Br). Our own Sir Peter Mansfield has also been a favourite suggestion for Promethium (Pm) and most recently following the sad death of Professor Stewart Adams, his discovery Ibuprofen has also been a popular choice for (I).

Some popular Nottingham haunts, both on and off campus are also feature, with Wollaton cropping up regularly for Tungsten (W), Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem for Yttrium (Y), Portland Building for Lead (Pb) and of course the iconic Lions for Lithium (Li).

Little known facts

There have also been some unexpected ideas that are uncovering some little known Nottingham facts – did you know there were Cheese Riots in Nottingham in 1766 over the price of food? – an unusual suggestion for Cromium (Cr) or that Queen Isabella (I) sought refuge in Nottingham Castle?

There’s still time to have your say, the closing date for entries is 22ndMarch. To enter your suggestion fill in the online form.



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