LIVERMORE, Calif. – On December 3, 2020, the City of Livermore held a small groundbreaking ceremony for the new Livermorium Plaza, located at 116 South Livermore Avenue. This park is in a prominent location in Downtown Livermore at the corner of First Street and Livermore Avenue, and is a tribute to the long-standing collaborative relationship between Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and the City of Livermore (City).
Speakers at the ceremony included Livermore Mayor John Marchand and LLNL Director Dr. William Goldstein. Also in attendance were Peter Rodrik, Manager of the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Livermore Field Office, and Mark and Nancy Stoyer, two of the scientists involved in the creation of Livermorium. All attendees wore face coverings and maintained social distance.
“I have appreciated the partnerships with the labs, our community, and the people who work there doing critically important work that, in many cases, can be done nowhere else in the world. From the generosity of the HOME (Helping Others More Effectively) campaign and the Lawrence Livermore National Security Community Gift Program, to our partnership with the i-GATE Innovation Hub, and so much more, Livermore is a better place because of what our labs do,” Mayor Marchand remarked.
Located in the bottom right corner of the periodic table of elements, Livermorium was created by bombarding curium targets with calcium at one-tenth the speed of light. Researchers from LLNL worked with scientists from Russia’s Flerov Laboratory of Nuclear Reactions on the synthesis of two new super-heavy elements, 114 (Flerovium) and 116 (Livermorium). Currently, there are only two cities in the United States with elements named after them, Berkeley with element 97 (Bk) and Livermore.
View the recording of the Livermorium Plaza groundbreaking ceremony on the City of Livermore’s YouTube channel, https://www.youtube.com/c/CityofLivermoreCalifornia.