Q: What is the name of the new element added to the periodic table discovered by a UT physicist in 2016?
A: Tennessine. In 2016 Dr. Robert Grzywacz, together with collaborators at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, created the software needed to discover new chemical elements. The Tennessine element became part of Group 17, which are known as “the halogens”, on the periodic table. Learn more about this amazing discovery here.