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Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s managing contractor, UT-Battelle, presented a donation of $186,000 to Socially Equal Energy Efficient Development, or SEEED, to support the nonprofit’s third green solar home as part of their Green Construction Program.

Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s managing contractor, UT-Battelle, presented a donation of $186,000 to Socially Equal Energy Efficient Development, or SEEED, to support the nonprofit’s third green solar home as part of their Green Construction Program. 

A multidirectorate group from ORNL attended AGU23 and came away inspired for the year ahead in geospatial, earth and climate science

ORNL scientists and researchers attended the annual American Geophysical Union meeting and came away inspired for the year ahead in geospatial, earth and climate science. 

Chelsea Chen, polymer physicist at ORNL, stands in front of an eight-channel potentiostat and temperature chamber used for battery and electrochemical testing. Credit: Genevieve Martin/ORNL, U.S. Dept. of Energy

Chelsea Chen, a polymer physicist at ORNL, is studying ion transport in solid electrolytes that could help electric vehicle battery charges last longer.

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The University of Tennessee-Oak Ridge Innovation Institute has selected circular bioeconomy systems and radiopharmaceutical therapies as its two newest Convergent Research Initiatives, areas of joint research for UT and ORNL. 

An Oak Ridge National Laboratory study projects how geothermal heat pumps that derive heating and cooling from the ground would improve grid reliability and reduce costs and carbon emissions when widely deployed. Credit: Chad Malone, ORNL, U.S. Dept. of Energy

A modeling analysis led by ORNL gives the first detailed look at how geothermal energy can relieve the electric power system and reduce carbon emissions if widely implemented across the United States within the next few decades. 

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Ben Mellon was on his fourth week of sleeping in the ETCH neonatal intensive care unit when he learned his ORNL coworkers had raised $20,000 to help buy a premature infant training simulator for the hospital. By then, Mellon, an information technology specialist at ORNL, already had seen the impact that donation could have.

Moriano awarded early career fellowship for underrepresented groups

Pablo Moriano, a research scientist in the Computer Science and Mathematics Division at ORNL, was selected as a member of the 2024 Class of MGB-SIAM Early Career Fellows. 

Three staff members in Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Fusion and Fission Energy and Science Directorate (FFESD) have moved into newly established roles facilitating communication and program management with sponsors of the directorate’s Nuclear Energy and Fuel Cycle Division.

Three staff members in ORNL’s Fusion and Fission Energy and Science Directorate have moved into newly established roles facilitating communication and program management with sponsors of the directorate’s Nuclear Energy and Fuel Cycle Division. 

Iridium-192 will be irradiated in the High Flux Isotope Reactor at ORNL before being sent to QSA Global for processing.

A key industrial isotope, iridium-192, has not been produced in the U.S. in almost 20 years. DOE's Isotope Program and QSA Global Inc. announced a joint product development agreement to initiate U.S. production of iridium-192. 

ORNL Distinguished Scientist Edgar Lara-Curzio (second from right) contributed to a working group discussion at COP28 about ways to stimulate demand for hydrogen-based fuels in maritime transportation.

ORNL was represented by four scientists at last year’s United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference of the Parties, known as COP28. This is the first time ORNL participated as an official Observer Organization.