Vertimass licenses ORNL biofuel-to-hydrocarbon conversion technology
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., March 6, 2014 — Vertimass LLC, a California-based start-up company, has licensed an Oak Ridge National Laboratory technology that directly converts ethanol into a hydrocarbon blend-stock for use in transportation fuels.
Icenhour to lead ORNL's Nuclear Science and Engineering Directorate
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Feb. 27, 2014 -- Alan Icenhour has been named associate laboratory director for Nuclear Science and Engineering at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
Bioenergy expert Ragauskas named UT-ORNL Governor’s Chair
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Feb. 21, 2014 — Arthur Ragauskas, an authority in bioenergy, has been named a University of Tennessee–Oak Ridge National Laboratory Governor’s Chair.
ORNL microscopy system delivers real-time view of battery electrochemistry
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Feb. 19, 2014 — Using a new microscopy method, researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory can image and measure electrochemical processes in batteries in real time and at nanoscale resolution.
CASL, Westinghouse simulate neutron behavior in AP1000® reactor core
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Feb. 18, 2014 — Scientists and engineers developing more accurate approaches to analyzing nuclear power reactors have successfully tested a new suite of computer codes that closely model “neutronics” — the behavior of neutrons in a reactor core.
ORNL, CINCINNATI partner to develop commercial large-scale additive manufacturing system
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Feb. 17, 2014 — The Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory is partnering with Cincinnati Incorporated, a manufacturer of high quality machine tools located in Harrison, Ohio, to develop a large-scale polymer additive manufacturing (3-D printing) system.
ORNL study advances quest for better superconducting materials
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Jan. 27, 2014 — Nearly 30 years after the discovery of high-temperature superconductivity, many questions remain, but an Oak Ridge National Laboratory team is providing insight that could lead to better superconductors.
ORNL-UT researchers invent ‘sideways’ approach to 2-D hybrid materials
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Jan. 9, 2014 — Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville have pioneered a new technique for forming a two-dimensional, single-atom sheet of two different materials with a seamless boundary.
ORNL researchers, UT-ORNL Governor's Chair elected APS fellows
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Jan. 8, 2014 – Two researchers from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory and a University of Tennessee-ORNL Governor's Chair professor have been elected fellows of the American Physical Society (APS).
Supercomputers help ORNL researchers identify key molecular switch that controls cell behavior
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Dec. 17, 2013— If scientists can control cellular functions such as movement and development, they can cripple cells and pathogens that are causing disease in the body.
ORNL devises recipe to fine-tune diameter of silica rods
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Dec. 16, 2013 – By controlling the temperature of silica rods as they grow, researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory could be setting the stage for advances in anti-reflective solar cells, computer monitors, TV screens, eye glasses and more.
ORNL establishes Liane B. Russell Distinguished Early Career Fellowship
OAK RIDGE, Tenn. Dec. 5, 2013 – With the goal of expanding opportunities for early career researchers, the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory has established a research award in the name of its most acclaimed woman scientist.
ORNL's Keller, Babu, Hazen elected AAAS fellows
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Nov. 25, 2013 -- The associate laboratory director for Energy and Environmental Sciences (EES) at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory and two University of Tennessee-ORNL Governor’s Chair researchers are among the newly elected fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
Chaotic physics in ferroelectrics hints at brain-like computing
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Nov. 18, 2013—Unexpected behavior in ferroelectric materials explored by researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory supports a new approach to information storage and processing.
INCITE grants awarded to 59 computational research projects
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Nov. 18, 2013—The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science announced 59 projects, promising to accelerate scientific discovery and innovation, that will share nearly 6 billion core hours on two of America’s fastest supercomputers dedicated to open science.
ORNL study uses neutron scattering, supercomputing to demystify forces at play in biofuel production
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Nov. 13, 2013 — Researchers studying more effective ways to convert woody plant matter into biofuels at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have identified fundamental forces that change plant structures during pretreatment processes used in the production of bioenergy.
Tree roots and their microbial partners may provide answers to productivity
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Nov. 13, 2013 – The ability to make plants grow stronger and more quickly is a key goal in the effort to develop better biofuels and better understand plant efficiency. Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have gone straight to the roots to understand microbes that may play a role in reaching that goal.
Neutrons, electrons and theory reveal secrets of natural gas reserves
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Oct. 28, 2013 – Gas and oil deposits in shale have no place to hide from an Oak Ridge National Laboratory technique that provides an inside look at pores and reveals structural information potentially vital to the nation’s energy needs.
Nobel Laureate launches Wigner Distinguished Lecture Series
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Oct. 28, 2013 – Four Nobel Laureates are among nine lecturers who will be participating in the new Eugene P. Wigner Distinguished Lecture Series in Science, Technology, and Policy at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
Jack Fellows to Direct Climate Change Science Institute at Oak Ridge National Laboratory
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Oct. 21, 2013—Jack D. Fellows, who oversaw a $110 billion federal science portfolio under two U.S. presidents and co-founded the U.S. Global Change Research Program integrating all federal Earth system science research programs, has been appointed director of the Climate Change Science Institute at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
Toxic methylmercury-producing microbes more widespread than realized
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Sept. 12, 2013 — Microbes that live in rice paddies, northern peat bogs and other previously unexpected environments are among the bacteria that can generate highly toxic methylmercury, researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center have learned.
ORNL-grown oxygen ‘sponge’ presents path to better catalysts, energy materials
OAK RIDGE, Tenn, Aug. 28, 2013 — Scientists at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have developed a new oxygen “sponge” that can easily absorb or shed oxygen atoms at low temperatures. Materials with these novel characteristics would be useful in devices such as rechargeable batteries, sensors, gas converters and fuel cells.
Top neutron scientists named to positions at ORNL
OAK RIDGE, Tenn, Aug. 26, 2013 -- Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Neutron Sciences Directorate (NScD), home organization for the Department of Energy's Spallation Neutron Source (SNS) and High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR), has filled two high-level administrative positions with leaders in the neutron scattering field.
ORNL finding goes beyond surface of oxide films
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Aug. 13, 2013 — Better batteries, catalysts, electronic information storage and processing devices are among potential benefits of an unexpected discovery made by Oak Ridge National Laboratory scientists using samples isolated from the atmosphere.
ORNL research reveals new challenges for mercury cleanup
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Aug. 5, 2013 — More forms of mercury can be converted to deadly methylmercury than previously thought, according to a study published Sunday in Nature Geoscience. The discovery provides scientists with another piece of the mercury puzzle, bringing them one step closer to understanding the challenges associated with mercury cleanup.