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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.

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.

 
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Atomic trigger shatters mystery of how glass deforms
— Throw a rock through a window made of silica glass, and the brittle, insulating oxide pane shatters. But whack a golf ball with a club made of metallic glass—a resilient conductor that looks like metal—and the glass not only stays intact but also may drive the ball farther than conventional clubs. In light of this contrast, the nature of glass seems anything but clear.

Materials science matchmaker
— Scientific research may be the primary focus of the Department of Energy’s national laboratories, but for David Mandrus, the institutions play an equally important role in shaping the instruction and career paths of students.

Predicting performance
— When Orlando Rios first started analyzing samples of carbon fibers made from a woody plant polymer known as lignin, he noticed something unusual. The material’s microstructure -- a mixture of perfectly spherical nanoscale crystallites distributed within a fibrous matrix -- looked almost too good to be true.

 
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Varela receives Microscopy's Burton Medal
— Maria Varela in the Materials Science and Technology Division's Scanning Transmission Electron Microscopy group received the Microscopy Society of America's Burton Medal for early career scientists.

Hispanic Engineers recognize Idrobo
— Juan Carlos Idrobo in the Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences' Microscopy Group has been recognized by the Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Award Corp. with the 2014 Outstanding Achievement Award for groundbreaking research in scanning transmission electron microscopy of 2D materials.

David Mullins Elected American Vacuum Society Fellow
— David Mullins of the Chemical Sciences Division was named a 2014 Fellow of the American Vacuum Society. David was honored for his contributions to surface science in the area of soft x-ray excited electron spectroscopy techniques and their use for the study of surface chemistry of adsorbed molecules and catalytic processes.

 
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