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ORNL awarded two Energy Frontier Research Centers
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., June 20, 2014—Oak Ridge National Laboratory will be home to two Energy Frontier Research Centers (EFRCs) announced this week by U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz.

ORNL paper examines clues for superconductivity in an iron-based material
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., May 5, 2014 – For the first time, scientists have a clearer understanding of how to control the appearance of a superconducting phase in a material, adding crucial fundamental knowledge and perhaps setting the stage for advances in the field of superconductivity.

Atomic switcheroo explains origins of thin-film solar cell mystery
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., April 23, 2014—Treating cadmium-telluride (CdTe) solar cell materials with cadmium-chloride improves their efficiency, but researchers have not fully understood why.

 
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'That's what we do.'
— University of Tennessee (UT)-Oak Ridge National Laboratory Governor's Chair for Advanced Manufacturing Suresh Babu will lead the University of Tennessee's effort as part of a Detroit-based Lightweight and Modern Metals Manufacturing Innovation institute announced by President Obama on Feb. 25.

Thompson-Boling Arena Among First in World to Use Cutting-Edge Lighting
— With the installation of LED fixtures, UT’s Thompson-Boling Arena is one of the first in the world to feature lights that are smaller, brighter, and up to 85 percent more efficient than conventional arena metal halide lights.

New family of tiny crystals glow bright in LED lights
— Minuscule crystals that glow different colors may be the missing ingredient for white LED lighting that illuminates homes and offices as effectively as natural sunlight.

 
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Lin receives Honor Medal of Aurel Stodola
— Dr. Hua-Tay Lin, of ORNL's Materials Science and Technology Division, has been selected to receive the 2013 Honor Medal of Aurel Stodola by the Slovak Academy of Sciences. Lin is being recognized for his research activities and significant contributions in sciences on high temperature mechanical behavior of ceramics and composites.

More wins DOE Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Program R&D Award
— Karren L. More of the Materials S&T Division has received the 2013 DOE Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Program R&D Award in recognition of outstanding achievements in leading ORNL's project on Microstructural Characterization of Fuel Cell Materials and in her role as a subcontractor on multiple DOE-funded fuel cell R&D projects.

Cooper receives Early Career Research Program Grant
— Valentino Cooper of the Materials Science and Technology Division is a 2013 recipient of an Office of Science, basic Energy Sciences, Early Career Research Program grant for “First Principles Predictions of Phase Stability in Complex Oxides.

 
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