The A.E.S. system I developed to visually combine the Periodic Elemental information and Electron Configuration data, the notational models of which were hitherto incompatible. To do so, I designed a flat representation of 3-dimensional 'orbitals'.

A.E.S.-Zinc [30] - The above diagram expresses the first 30 elements (Hydrogen to Zinc): their abbreviated names, atomic number, sub-shell, position of protons, energy state and the approximation of the shape of it's orbitals. It is read from the centre outward in an accumulative spiral, where the A.E.S. system derives its name.

Neon [10] A.E.S., Corresponding 3D View - As the tenth proton read on the A.E.S., Neon is written on the second proton of the 2pz shell. This proton fills the 'p' orbital to its full capacity (6 protons split evenly between 3 sub-shells). Click here for full explanation.

Cobalt [27] A.E.S., Corresponding 3D View - Trying to combine and visualise so much data while maintaining legibility and coherent visual hierarchy presented a significant challenge; nothing else approaching a visually accurate diagram of these phenomena (elements and their orbitals) exists in the chemical academic orthodoxy.

The Full A.E.S. System Diagram - The complexity of the elemental data sharply increases as the energy states increment, and the A.E.S. introduces visual cues to provide the reader with that information while remaining consistent with the rules it's already established. In a way, the project is a user-centric UX re-design of the periodic table.

Increasing Elemental Complexity - The escalation of the complexity is due to the increasing instability of the higher energy states (click here for Full Explanation). I took great care in learning as much as I could about the current chemical models, in order to be able to amalgamate and simplify them.


A.E.S. Full Explanation