Helium placement in the Periodic Table For crystallography structure. By 2019, one hundred and fifty years after Dmitry Mendeleev published the first successful version of the Periodic Table of the chemical elements, there was still no universal agreement regarding what a chemical element is. A notable indication of the ongoing ambiguity is IUPAC’s Gold Book, which allows two different versions of the term ‘chemical element. (1) a species of atoms – all atoms with the same number of protons in the atomic nucleus; (2) a pure chemical substance composed of atoms with the same number of protons in the atomic nucleus. W. H. E. Schwarz in his 2007 paper (Schwarz, 2007) argued that there are in fact three different definitions of a chemical element usually encountered: (1) a basic chemical element; (2) a metallurgical element or simple material; (3) an astrophysical spectroscopic element or elemental atom. W. B. Jensen suggested... Continue Reading.