meitnerium is a syntheticchemical element with the symbolmt and atomic number 109. it is an extremely radioactivesynthetic element (an element not found in nature, but can be created in a laboratory). the most stable known isotope, meitnerium-278, has a half-life of 4.5 seconds, although the unconfirmed meitnerium-282 may have a longer half-life of 67 seconds. the gsi helmholtz centre for heavy ion research near darmstadt, germany, first created this element in 1982. it is named after lise meitner.
in the periodic table, meitnerium is a d-blocktransactinide element. it is a member of the 7th period and is placed in the group 9 elements, although no chemical experiments have yet been carried out to confirm that it behaves as the heavier homologue to iridium in group 9 as the seventh member of the 6d series of transition metals. meitnerium is calculated to have similar properties to its lighter homologues, cobalt, rhodium, and iridium.