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Ununseptium (pronounced /ˌjuːnənˈsɛptiəm/) is the temporary name of an undiscovered chemical element in the periodic table that has the temporary symbol Uus and has the atomic number 117. Ununseptium can be referred to as eka-astatine.
The name ununseptium is used as a placeholder, as in scientific articles about the search for element 117. Transuranic elements (those beyond uranium) are, except for microscopic quantities and except for plutonium, always artificially produced, and usually end up being named for a scientist or the location of a laboratory that does work in atomic physics (see systematic element name for more information).
Ununseptium has not yet been discovered. Certain chemical properties, such as bond lengths, are predicted to differ from what one would expect based on periodic trends from the lighter halogens (because of relativistic effects). Ununseptium may show semimetal properties as well. The plans for synthesis of Ununseptium in nearest future exists in Joint Institute for Nuclear Research in Dubna, Russia ()
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