Archived News Releases for 2008
- Michael McGuire and Athena Safa-Sefat, Wigner Fellows, first in U.S. to synthesize new HTS compound. They synthesized the lanthanum arsenic iron-oxide material in the Solid State Research Facility laboratory, representing the first group in the U.S. to make samples of the material. . .ORNL Reporter, No. 100, June 2008.
- Scientists Find Superconductor (Daily Tech). Has been extensively covering the breakthroughs in superconductors over the last couple years. The class of meterials is very promisint in that if someday it could replace conductors...Now researchers David Larbalestier, Alex Gurevish and Jan Jaroszynski, and colleagues in David Mandrus' group. . . June 2, 2008
- The beauty of materials science (Knoxville News Sentinel ). A micrograph from Lynn Boatner, a Corporate Fellow at ORNL and one of the lab's top materials researchers. It shows a "thermo-chemicaly treated" single crystal of zinc oxide, an optical inteference contrast micrograph that was taken with a Leica MEF 4A microscope equipped with a Sony DKC 5000 Camera.. . .6/18
- The power of Blue
(Knoxville News Sentinel) Craig Blue, a materials scientist with a reputation for getting things done, has been named director of the new Energy Materials Program at Oak Ridge National Laboratory... 06/27. Craig Blue, a materials scientist with a reputation for getting things done, has been named director of the new Energy Materials Program at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Blue has worked at Oak Ridge since 1995, soon after getting his Ph.D. in materials science and engineering from the University of Cincinnati. Most recently, he has been deputy director of the Materials Science and Technology Division. According to lab statement, the new program will combine the previous Industrial Technologies and Fossil Energy programs. Its mission will be to "support fundamental and applied materials research for a variety of energy technologies, including energy efficiency, renewable energy, fossil energy and National Security materials opportunities."
- MATERIALS -- Stressed out . . Stronger stainless steel castings are critical to the regeneration of ceramic honeycomb filters used to produce cleaner exhaust systems and upgraded turbocharger housings for diesel engines. Improvements to these castings could result from test projects now under way at Oak Ridge National Laboratory's High Temperature Materials Laboratory. A research team led by ORNL's Phil Maziasz is using an R&D 100 steel alloys technology developed by ORNL and Caterpillar to determine durability of exhaust components that must sustain higher temperatures and severe thermal cycling to meet upgraded and stringent EPA air quality standards. Caterpillar and Honeywell are partnering with ORNL on the collaborative testing for the turbocharger application. ORNL News Releases Oct. 2008.
- HTML's microscopy magnifies collaboration in advanced materials research". Jane Howe of the Materials Analysis User Center shows off what the HF-3300 microscope can do. ORNL Reporter, Sept. 2008.
- James Klett has come up with a material that could change the way you cook. James has been working with a major manufacturer of commercial and residential cookware to incorporate the graphite foam into this cookware to spread the heat in the pan much more efficiently. The whole pan is a uniform temperature, heats up faster and cools down faster. ORNL in the News, Sept. 2008.
- "Peering inside the puzzle - New microscopy techniques could unlock the mysteries of ferroelectric materials." A paper recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences describes a quantitative piezoresponse force microscopy, or PFM, study on electric polarization switching in multiferroic materials in a nearly defect-free environment, by lead author Sergei Kalinin. ORNL Reporter, No. 96, Jan-Feb 2008.
- Amit Goyal, guest editor of a recently published special issue of the Journal of Electron Materials (Vol. 36, Nov. 10 2007). ORNL Reporter, No. 96, Jan-Feb 2008.
- A Renewed Interest - A new ORNL process seeks to improve solar cells", ORNL Review, Vol. 41. No.1, 2008. Ron Ott, Materials Processing Group, demonstated pulsed thermal processing using the Plasma Arc Lamp could increase the collection efficiency of thin-film amorphous silicon solar cells by introducing a nanocrystalline microstructure within the amorphous material.
- "Scientist's Laser May One Day Help Teeth." (Knoxville News Sentinel) Claus Daniel, has a patent pending on the laser technique that's used to stengthen ceramics used in crowns and tooth implants. Jan. 02, 2008.