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.
Nazarewicz, Sumpter, Wullschleger named UT-Battelle Corporate Fellows
OAK RIDGE, Tenn, July 31, 2013 — Witold Nazarewicz, Bobby Sumpter and Stan Wullschleger of the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have been selected as 2013 UT-Battelle Corporate Fellows.
CASL milestone validates reactor model using TVA data
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., July 10, 2013 —Today, the Consortium for Advanced Simulation of Light Water Reactors announced that its scientists have successfully completed their first full-scale simulation of an operating nuclear reactor.
Titan completes acceptance testing
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Jun. 12, 2013 — Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Titan supercomputer has completed rigorous acceptance testing to ensure the functionality, performance and stability of the machine, one of the world's most powerful supercomputing systems for open science.
Moniz praises ORNL's neutron production efforts
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Jun. 10, 2013 — New Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz praised the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory for its scientific capabilities for conducting in-depth studies on the structures of materials during his June 3 visit to the laboratory.
New all-solid sulfur-based battery outperforms lithium-ion technology
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., June 5, 2013 — Scientists at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have designed and tested an all-solid lithium-sulfur battery with approximately four times the energy density of conventional lithium-ion technologies that power today's electronics.
Research effort deep underground could sort out cosmic-scale mysteries
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., May 23, 2013 — The Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory has begun delivery of germanium-76 detectors to an underground laboratory in South Dakota in a team research effort that might explain the puzzling imbalance between matter and antimatter generated by the Big Bang.
ORNL leading study focused on afterlife of electric vehicle batteries
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Apr. 15, 2013 — Once they've finished powering electric vehicles for hundreds of thousands of miles, it may not be the end of the road for automotive batteries, which researchers believe can provide continued benefits for consumers, automakers and the environment.
ORNL's awake imaging device moves diagnostics field forward
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Apr. 4, 2013 — A technology being developed at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory promises to provide clear images of the brains of children, the elderly and people with Parkinson's and other diseases without the use of uncomfortable or intrusive restraints.
ORNL microscopy uncovers "dancing" silicon atoms in graphene
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Apr. 3, 2013 — Jumping silicon atoms are the stars of an atomic scale ballet featured in a new Nature Communications study from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
Human microbe study provides insight into health, disease
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Mar. 18, 2013 — Microbes from the human mouth are telling Oak Ridge National Laboratory scientists something about periodontitis and more after they cracked the genetic code of bacteria linked to the condition.
ORNL begins implementation of new californium-252 production contract
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Feb. 28, 2013 — The Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory - home of one of only two reactor facilities in the world capable of producing californium-252 (Cf-252) - has begun implementing a new six-year contract between the DOE Isotope Program and industry to make this unique and versatile radioisotope.