This element was discovered, in 1994, by S. Hofmann, V. Ninov, F. P. Hessberger, P. Armbruster, H. Folger, G. Münzenberg, and among others, at the Gesellschaft für Schwerionenforschung (GSI) in Darmstadt, Germany.

This element was produced through collision reactions between Bi 209 and Ni 64, in the heavy ion accelerator UNILAC at GSI.

Currently, the element is only referred by its IUPAC nomenclature.