The Volunteer State could soon be represented on the periodic table of elements.
The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry presented its recommendations Wednesday for the names of four recently discovered elements.
The group proposed the name Tennessine (Ts) for element 117.
A board of directors will need to vote on the name after a five month period for comments before it is officially added to the periodic table.
The name recognizes the contribution of researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the University of Tennessee, and Vanderbilt University, according to an ORNL release.
The element is one of the heaviest ever discovered. ORNL's Jim Roberto said scientists are crediting their success to not only teamwork, but a little bit of luck.
"There also had to be some luck because if the cross section had been different, if the lifetime had been different, we might not have found element 117," Roberto said.
It would be only the second element to be named for a state, according the University of Tennessee.
Rules specify that elements can be named after mythology, minerals, a place, a property, or a scientist. Californium is the only other element named for a US state, UT said.
“These experiments and discoveries essentially open new frontiers of chemistry," said ORNL's Science and Technology Partnerships director Jim Roberto.
Element 113, discovered in Japan, will be called nihonium. It's the first element to be discovered in an Asian country. The name moscovium was proposed for element 115. And element 118 is to be oganesson, honoring Russian physicist Yuri Oganessian.
The four super-heavy elements will undergo a period for public review before the names and symbols can be officially approved by the IUPAC Council
The Associated Press contributed to this report