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Curran receives SAE Foundation industry leadership award
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., May 21, 2015 – Scott Curran, a researcher at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, has received the Society for Automotive Engineers (SAE) Foundation’s 2015 Stefan Pischinger Young Industry Leadership Award.

ORNL demonstrates first large-scale graphene composite fabrication
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., May 14, 2015 – One of the barriers to using graphene at a commercial scale could be overcome using a method demonstrated by researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Four ORNL scientists selected for early career research funding
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., May 13, 2015 – Four researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory are among 44 scientists selected by DOE's Office of Science to receive funding under the department's Early Career Research Program.

ORNL superhydrophobic glass coating offers clear benefits
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., May 11, 2015 – A moth’s eye and lotus leaf were the inspirations for an antireflective water-repelling, or superhydrophobic, glass coating that holds significant potential for solar panels, lenses, detectors, windows, weapons systems and many other products.

ORNL researchers probe chemistry, topography and mechanics with one instrument
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., May 1, 2015—The probe of an atomic force microscope (AFM) scans a surface to reveal details at a resolution 1,000 times greater than that of an optical microscope. That makes AFM the premier tool for analyzing physical features, but it cannot tell scientists anything about chemistry. For that they turn to the mass spectrometer (MS).

ORNL scientists generate landmark DOE hydropower report
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., April 27, 2015 – For the first time, industry and policymakers have a comprehensive report detailing the U.S. hydropower fleet’s 2,198 plants that provide about 7 percent of the nation’s electricity.

ORNL reports method that takes quantum sensing to new level
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., April 23, 2015 – Thermal imaging, microscopy and ultra-trace sensing could take a quantum leap with a technique developed by researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Hardin Valley Academy’s Feldman receives 2015 UT-Battelle Scholarship
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., April 23, 2015 – High school senior Samuel Feldman of Hardin Valley Academy in Knoxville has earned the 2015 UT-Battelle Scholarship to attend the University of Tennessee.

ORNL researchers contribute to major bioenergy and sustainability report
OAK RIDGE, Tenn. (April 16, 2015) – A major multinational report on bioenergy and sustainability released Tuesday concludes the sustainable production of bioenergy can be an important tool for addressing climate change.

OLCF Selects Application Readiness Projects to Prepare for Next-generation Summit Supercomputer
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., April 15, 2015—The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF) has selected the next set of partnership projects into its Center for Accelerated Application Readiness (CAAR) program.

New ORNL, N.C. State, LanzaTech DNA dataset is potent, accessible tool
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., April 14, 2015 – Scientists focused on producing biofuels more efficiently have a new powerful dataset to help them study the DNA of microbes that fuel bioconversion and other processes.

U.S. scientists celebrate the restart of the Large Hadron Collider
Earlier today, the world's most powerful particle accelerator began its second act. After two years of upgrades and repairs, proton beams once again circulated around the Large Hadron Collider, located at the CERN laboratory near Geneva, Switzerland.

ORNL part of new project to study how tropical forests worldwide respond to climate change
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., April 1, 2015—Researchers from the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory will play key roles in an expansive new project that aims to bring the future of tropical forests and the climate system into much clearer focus by coupling field research with the development of a new ecosystem model.

Regional firms receive ORNL's 2015 Small Business Impact Awards
OAK RIDGE, March 30, 2015 – The Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory recognized local and regional companies with annual Small Business Impact Awards on March 27 at the weekly meeting of the East Tennessee Economic Council in Oak Ridge.

ORNL-led team demonstrates desalination with nanoporous graphene membrane
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., March 25, 2015—Less than 1 percent of Earth’s water is drinkable. Removing salt and other minerals from our biggest available source of water—seawater—may help satisfy a growing global population thirsty for fresh water for drinking, farming, transportation, heating, cooling and industry.

ORNL and Shanghai Institute of Applied Physics cooperate on development of salt-cooled reactors
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., March 17, 2015—Representatives from the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and the Shanghai Institute of Applied Physics (SINAP) are meeting at ORNL this week as part of an agreement between the two institutions to work together on the advancement of salt-cooled nuclear reactor technologies.

Graphene ‘gateway’ discovery opens possibilities for improved energy technologies
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., March 17, 2015—Graphene, a strong, lightweight carbon honeycombed structure that’s only one atom thick, holds great promise for energy research and development.

ORNL microscopy directly images problematic lithium dendrites in batteries
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., March 6, 2015—Scientists at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have captured the first real-time nanoscale images of lithium dendrite structures known to degrade lithium-ion batteries. The ORNL team’s electron microscopy could help researchers address long-standing issues related to battery performance and safety.

APLAIR partners with ORNL to commercialize weld inspection technology
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., March 2, 2015 — With an aim toward automotive applications, Tennessee-based APLAIR Manufacturing Systems has licensed a weld inspection technology developed by the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

ORNL signs agreement with Whirlpool Corp. to develop new energy-efficient refrigerator
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., February 25, 2015—The Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Whirlpool Corporation are collaborating to design a refrigerator that could cut energy use by up to 40 percent compared with current models.

ORNL’s Roberto named MRS Fellow
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., February 11, 2015 – James Roberto, the associate laboratory director for Science and Technology Partnerships at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, has been elected a fellow of the Materials Research Society (MRS).

Girl Scouts USA CEO visits ORNL to discuss STEM programs
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Feb. 3, 2015 – Girl Scouts of the USA Chief Executive Officer Anna Maria Chavez visited the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory to learn about its efforts on behalf of science, technology, engineering and math education (STEM) programs and how they can be incorporated into the Girl Scouts national program.

ORNL researchers tune friction in ionic solids at the nanoscale
OAK RIDGE, Tenn. Jan 27, 2015 – Friction impacts motion, hence the need to control friction forces.

ORNL model explores location of future U.S. population growth
OAK RIDGE, Tenn. Jan. 20, 2015—Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have developed a population distribution model that provides unprecedented county-level predictions of where people will live in the U.S. in the coming decades.

R&K Cyber Solutions licenses ORNL malware detection technology
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Jan. 16, 2015—Washington, D.C.-based R&K Cyber Solutions LLC (R&K) has licensed Hyperion, a cyber security technology from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory that can quickly recognize malicious software even if the specific program has not been previously identified as a threat.


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