Paul Langan to lead ORNL's Neutron Sciences Directorate
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Dec. 19, 2014 – Paul Langan, a senior scientist and distinguished research staff member at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, has been named ORNL's Associate Laboratory Director (ALD) for Neutron Sciences.
ORNL microscopy pencils patterns in polymers at the nanoscale
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Dec. 17, 2014—Scientists at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have used advanced microscopy to carve out nanoscale designs on the surface of a new class of ionic polymer materials for the first time.
ORNL researchers Buchanan, Liang, Mayes named AAAS fellows
OAK RIDGE, Tenn. Nov. 24, 2014 – Three staff members from the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have been named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for scientific contributions that range from administrative leadership to discoveries in the environmental sciences.
Oak Ridge to acquire next generation supercomputer
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Nov. 14, 2014—The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF) has signed a contract with IBM to bring a next-generation supercomputer to Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).
Protopopescu, Kwon receive top honors at UT-Battelle’s 2014 Awards Night
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Nov. 7, 2014 – Vladimir A. Protopopescu of Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Computational Sciences and Engineering Division has earned the ORNL Director’s Award for Outstanding Individual Accomplishment in Science and Technology.
ORNL Director Thom Mason presented the award to Protopopescu on Friday, Nov.
ORNL materials researchers get first look at atom-thin boundaries
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Nov. 10, 2014—Scientists at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have made the first direct observations of a one-dimensional boundary separating two different, atom-thin materials, enabling studies of long-theorized phenomena at these interfaces.
Good vibrations give electrons excitations that rock an insulator to go metallic
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Nov. 10, 2014—For more than 50 years, scientists have debated what turns particular oxide insulators, in which electrons barely move, into metals, in which electrons flow freely. Some scientists sided with Nobel Prize–winning physicist Nevill Mott in thinking direct interactions between electrons were the key.
ORNL thermomagnetic processing method provides path to new materials
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Nov. 6, 2014 – For much the same reason LCD televisions offer eye-popping performance, a thermomagnetic processing method developed at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory can advance the performance of polymers.
ORNL technology transfer continues strong upward trend
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Oct. 29, 2014 – New methods are improving connections between private businesses and technology from the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, with 101 licenses and options executed during the last three years.
Super stable garnet ceramics may be ideal for high-energy lithium batteries
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Oct. 21, 2014—Scientists at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have discovered exceptional properties in a garnet material that could enable development of higher-energy battery designs.
Simpson named new JIBS director
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Oct. 21, 2014 – Dr. Michael Simpson, Oak Ridge National Laboratory Corporate Fellow and Group Leader of the Nanofabrication Research Laboratory Group in the Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences (CNMS) at ORNL, has been appointed the next director of the UT-ORNL Joint Institute for Biological Sciences (JIBS). This appointment is in addition to his role at CNMS.
ORNL’s Urban Dynamics Institute joins global fight against polio
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Oct. 16, 2014 – The new Urban Dynamics Institute at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory is working with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to aid polio vaccination efforts in developing countries.
ORNL research reveals unique capabilities of 3-D printing
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Oct. 15, 2014—Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have demonstrated an additive manufacturing method to control the structure and properties of metal components with precision unmatched by conventional manufacturing processes.
New ORNL electric vehicle technology packs more punch in smaller package
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Oct. 14, 2014 – Using 3-D printing and novel semiconductors, researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have created a power inverter that could make electric vehicles lighter, more powerful and more efficient.
ORNL researchers make first observation of atoms moving inside bulk material
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Oct. 13, 2014 – Researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have obtained the first direct observations of atomic diffusion inside a bulk material.
High Flux Isotope Reactor named Nuclear Historic Landmark
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Sept. 11, 2014 – The High Flux Isotope Reactor, or HFIR, now in its 48th year of providing neutrons for research and isotope production at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, has been designated a Nuclear Historic Landmark by the American Nuclear Society (ANS).
ORNL welcomes first Liane Russell fellows
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Aug. 29, 2014 – Renowned mammalian geneticist Liane Russell returned Thursday to the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory to congratulate the first recipients of a new fellowship named in her honor.
Rubber meets the road with new ORNL carbon, battery technologies
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Aug. 27, 2014 – Recycled tires could see new life in lithium-ion batteries that provide power to plug-in electric vehicles and store energy produced by wind and solar, say researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
ORNL scientists uncover clues to role of magnetism in iron-based superconductors
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Aug. 21, 2014—New measurements of atomic-scale magnetic behavior in iron-based superconductors by researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Vanderbilt University are challenging conventional wisdom about superconductivity and magnetism.
Five ORNL scientists rated among world’s most influential
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., August 1, 2014 – Five Department of Energy Oak Ridge National Laboratory physicists, including Deputy for Science and Technology Ramamoorthy Ramesh, have been named by Thomson Reuters as some of the best and brightest of our time.
ORNL study reveals new characteristics of complex oxide surfaces
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., July 24, 2014—A novel combination of microscopy and data processing has given researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory an unprecedented look at the surface of a material known for its unusual physical and electrochemical properties.
ORNL, UTGSM study compares structures of Huntington’s disease protein
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., July 16, 2014—Neutron scattering research at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory has revealed clear structural differences in the normal and pathological forms of a protein involved in Huntington’s disease.
ORNL wins eight R&D 100s
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., July 11, 2014—Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have received eight R&D 100 awards, presented by R&D Magazine in recognition of the year’s top technological innovations.
Moore named director of the American Museum of Science and Energy
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., July 1, 2014 -- David Moore has been named director of the American Museum of Science and Energy. The museum, owned by the U.S. Department of Energy, showcases the history of the Manhattan Project and the current scientific, energy and national security missions carried out by DOE facilities in Oak Ridge.
ORNL researchers Simpson, Snead, Tuskan named Corporate Fellows
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., June 24, 2014 — Michael L. Simpson, Lance L. Snead and Gerald A. Tuskan have been named Corporate Fellows of the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory.