Archives of Microbiology

, Volume 163, Issue 3, pp 157–158

Sulfur and its Doppelgänger



The case is presented for the universal adoption of the ‘f’ spelling of the element sulfur and of all other names containing the ‘sulf-’ root. This requires the overdue implementation of the IUPAC ruling that ‘sulfur’ is the only acceptable English spelling for this element, its compounds, and derivative words.

Key words

Sulfur Sulphur Thiosulfate Thionyl Thionic acids Polythionates Desulfovibrio Sulfolobus 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of EducationUniversity of WarwickCoventryUK

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