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NANO – “Green” metal oxides …
— Water and nano-sized particles isolated from trees, plants and algae are the ingredients of a new recipe for low-cost metal oxides that are widely used in displays, smart windows, magnetic memories and coatings.

Materials – Next-generation insulation …
— A composite foam insulation panel being developed by Oak Ridge National Laboratory and partners could reduce wall-generated heating and cooling loads in buildings by 38 to 50 percent, potentially saving homeowners $150 or more per year.

TECH – Mini power supply licensed …
— An efficient and extremely compact high voltage power supply developed by Oak Ridge National Laboratory is headed for use in neutron, X-ray and gamma-ray generators. Starfire Industries of Champaign, Ill., has licensed the patent-pending technology to help reduce the size, weight and power aspects for their particle accelerator devices used in non-destructive testing and imaging.

Materials – Efficient catalysts…
— Reduction of pollution from vehicles and power plants relies, in large part, on how effectively catalysts can oxidize nitric oxide (NO). Advancing such catalyst performance requires a better understanding of the noble metals used in catalytic converters.

Imaging – Clearer brain scans …
— A clever signal noise reduction strategy developed by a team that includes Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Ben Lawrie could dramatically improve brain imaging. By using quantum correlated beams of light, researchers reduced noise by 42 percent while doubling the signal in an optical magnetometer.

Environment – Giant outdoor lab …
— With the recent completion of a 40-meter observation tower in the nearby Walker Branch Watershed, Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers are poised to begin their part of a national study to better understand ecosystems. The $434 million National Ecological Observatory Network, or NEON (http://www.neoninc.

Modeling – Glacial mystery no more …
— By analyzing a computer model output with four times the resolution of previous models, a team of researchers has perhaps explained what has been considered a serious inconsistency in the 2007 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report.

Materials – Micro heat exchangers …
— Heat exchanger components fabricated with 3-D printing and analyzed with neutron imaging create a world of opportunities for electronic devices, refrigerators and potentially high-performance engines. These tiny devices, used to cool electronics, could potentially be scaled up to work in heating and cooling systems.

Collaboration – Jülich, ORNL partnership ...
— An agreement between Germany's Research Centre Jülich and Oak Ridge National Laboratory will pursue advances in materials study with neutrons, high-performance computing and simulation science, nanoscale materials and more.

Solar – Made to order …
— With the addition of a dash of a common solvent, researchers realized an efficiency gain of about 36 percent for organic solar cells. A team led by Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Kai Xiao added diiodooctane – 3 percent of the weight of the entire solution – to a blend of polymers and fullerene derivatives and saw the cell’s power conversion efficiency jump from 4.

 
 
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