44. Ruthenium - Elementymology & Elements Multidict

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Ruthenium – Ruthenium – Ruthénium – Rutenio – ルテニウム – Рутений – 釕
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Ruthenium Latin

— Germanic
Rutenium Afrikaans
Ruthenium Danish
Ruthenium German
Ruthenium English
Ruthenium Faroese
Ruthenium Frisian (West)
Rúten Icelandic
Ruthenium Luxembourgish
Ruthenium Dutch
Ruthenium Norwegian
Rutenium Swedish

— Italic
Rutenio Aragonese
Ruteniumu Aromanian
Ruteniu Asturian
Ruteni Catalan
Rutenio Spanish
Ruthénium French
Ruteni Friulian
Rutenio Galician
Rutenio Italian
Rüten Lombard
Ruteni Occitan
Ruténio Portuguese
Ruteniu Romanian - Moldovan

— Slavic
Рутений [Rutenij] Bulgarian
Rutenij[um] Bosnian
Рытэній [rytènij] Belarusian
Ruthenium Czech
Rutenij Croatian
Ruten Kashubian
Рутениум [Rutenium] Macedonian
Ruten Polish
Рутений [Rutenij] Russian
Ruténium Slovak
Rutenij Slovenian
Рутенијум [Rutenijum] Serbian
Рутеній [rutenij] Ukrainian

— Baltic
Rutenis Lithuanian
Rutēnijs Latvian
Rotenis Samogitian

— Celtic
Ruteniom Breton
Rwtheniwm Welsh
Ruitéiniam Gaelic (Irish)
Ruitèiniam Gaelic (Scottish)
Rutainium Gaelic (Manx)
Ruthenyum Cornish

— Other Indo-European
Ρουθηνιο [routhinio] Greek
Ռոթենիում [ŗut'enium] Armenian
Ruten, ²Ruthenium Albanian

— Indo-Iranian/Iranian
Rûtenyûm Kurdish
Рутений [rutenij] Ossetian
Рутений [Ruteni'] Tajik

— Indo-Iranian/Indo-Aryan
রুথেনিয়াম [rutheniẏāma] Bengali
رادنیم [radnym] Persian
રૂથીનિયમનો [rūthīniyamano] Gujarati
रुथेनियम [rutheniyama] Hindi

Ruteenium Estonian
Rutenium Finnish
Ruténium Hungarian
Рутений [Rutenij] Komi
Рутений [Rutenij] Mari
Рутени [ruteni] Moksha
Ruteenium Võro

Rutenium Azerbaijani
Рутени [Ruteni] Chuvash
Рутений [rûtenij] Kazakh
Рутений [Rutenij] Kyrgyz
Рутени [ruteni] Mongolian
Rutenyum Turkish
رۇتېنىي [ruteniy] Uyghur
Ruteniy Uzbek

Other (Europe)
Rutenioa Basque
რუთენიუმი [rut'eniumi] Georgian

روتينيوم [rūthīniyūm] Arabic
רותניום [ruthenium] Hebrew
Rutinjum, ²Rutenju Maltese

Liáu (釕) Hakka
ルテニウム [ruteniumu] Japanese
루테늄 [rutenyum] Korean
รูทีเนียม [rūthīniam] Thai
Ruteni Vietnamese
[liao3 / liu5] Chinese

Rutenyo Cebuano
Rutenium Indonesian
Ruthenium Māori
Rutenium Malay

Other Asiatic
റുഥീനിയം [ṟuthīniyam] Malayalam
ருதெனியம் [ruteṉiyam] Tamil

Lotenu Lingala
Rutheniamo Sesotho
Rutheni Swahili

Rutenio Nahuatl

Rutenyu Quechua

Rutenimi Sranan Tongo

Rutenio Esperanto

New names
Rutenion Atomic Elements
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Very reflective, white metal
melting point 2310 °C; 4190 °F
boiling point 3900 °C; 7052 °F
density 12.45 g/cc; pounds/cubic foot
1844 Karl Karlovich Klaus, Estonia
Ruthenia = Ukraine, sometimes is meant Russia (Latin)
named 1827 by Gottfried Wilhelm Osann (he declined his discovery in 1829)

History & Etymology

The Polish chemist Jedrzej Sniadecki (1768-1838) at Vilnius University had isolated Ruthenium in 1807, but his work was not ratified. He called it vestium after the Roman goddess Vesta. In the same year Wilhelm Olbers found the new planetoide and named it "Vesta". Sniadecki's brother Jan (Rector of the Vilnius University) was astronomer and mathematician and he discovered independently to Olbers the planetoid "Pallas" (cf. Palladium).

In 1824, extensive deposits of native platinum were discovered in the Ural Mountains in Russia. Soon Russia became the main producer of that metal, developing and improving its metallurgical industry. Gottfried Wilhelm Osann (Готфрид Вильгельм Озанн, 1797-1866), a Russian scientist from German origin working at Imperial University of Dorpat (now Tartu University, Estonia), was one of the scholars studying the insoluble residues of Platinum. sent in 1827 three samples of minerals to Berzelius. While Berzelius found no unusual metals, Osann thought he found three new metals, which he named Pluranium ("Pluran" abbreviation for Platina and Ural), Polinium ("Poliniy", from Greek polia [polin] = greyhaired, for it's residue color, and Ruthenium (named after Russia).

Especially Osann marked in his work the meaning of Ruthenium. However, he is not recognised as the discoverer of the elements for:

  • Berzelius has shown that Osann's Ruthenium was a mixture of Titanium and silica acids with impurities of Iron and Zirconium.
  • About Poliniy Osann itself supposed that it was impure Iridium oxide.
  • Pluran was the most promising one from Berzelius's view, but Osann was not able to obtain it again for more detailed research. Repeatability is base of any chemical experiment.
  • Osann himself declined from his discovery publicly in 1829.

Karl Karlovich Klaus (Карл Карлович Клаус, 1796-1864) started an investigation in 1840 to settle the discrepancy between Berzelius and Osann about Ruthenium. In 1844 he showed that Osann's Ruthenium oxide was very impure and that it contained a new metal. He obtained 6 grammes of the pure new element and named it Ruthenium after Russia (as he wrote in his book "Химические исследования остатков уральской платиновой руды и металла рутения" [Chemical research of Ural platinum' ore and ruthenium metal] published a year later in 1845 (note). Klaus decided to give the name Ruthenium appropriate for new element, since Russia was the major producer of these metals and in recognition of Osann's work. He sent samples to Berzelius in 1845 resulting in Berzelius's announcement that Ruthenium is indeed a new element. Therefore Klaus is generally recognized as the discoverer of element 44.


Ruthenia, the Latinized form of the word Russia, was applied to Ukraine in the Middle Ages when the princes of Galich briefly assumed the title kings of Ruthenia. Later, in Austria-Hungary, the term Ruthenians was used to designate the Ukrainian population of West Ukraine, which included Galicia, Bukovina, and Carpathian Ukraine. After 1918 the term Ruthenia was applied only to the easternmost province of Czechoslovakia, which was also known as Carpathian Ukraine, or by its Czech name, Podkarpatská Rus [Sub-Carpathian Russia], after World War II the region came to the Soviet-Union and is presently part of Ukraine. (Slider.com Encyclopedia).

The use of the name "Ruthenia" for the whole of the Russian Empire — including the Ural Mountiains — is very rare. Om maps of the sixteenth to eighteenth century usually the Latin names "Moscovia" and "Russia" were used. Perhaps neither Osann and Klaus, both of German birth, knew the correct Latin form for Russia? (See also: An Understanding of the Terms 'Ruthenia' and 'Ruthenians').

Chemistianity 1873
RUTHENIUM, Platinum's faithless friend,
Is a gray white metal very difficult
To fuse; Aqua Regia dissolves it slightly:
'Tis easier oxided than Platinum.
J. Carrington Sellars, Chemistianity, 1873, p. 176
Further reading
  • Platinum. Gmelins Handbuch der anorganische Chemie, 8. Aufl.; System-Nummer 68 (1951), Pt. A. pp. 13-14.
  • Mary Elvira Weeks, Discovery of the Elements, comp. rev. by Henry M. Leicester (Easton, Pa.: Journal of Chemical Education, 1968), pp. 418-425.
  • Hödrejärv, Helvi, "Gottfried Wilhelm Osann and ruthenium". Proceedings of the Estonian Academy of Sciences, Chemistry 53, 3 (September 2004), 125144 (abstract)
Sources among others
  • E-mail by Timur Labutin, Chemistry department of the L.V. Lomonosov Moscow State University, 22 June 2002.
  • Guestbook entry by Krzysztof W. Zieliński, 2 January 2003.

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