ORNL Review: Science Area

Science Area: Advanced Materials

Oak Ridge company to produce graphene in mass

Perhaps no nanomaterial has gotten more attention than graphene, a one-atom-thick layer of carbon that is in many ways the Superman of materials: 300 times stronger than steel, unmatched at conducting heat, so dense that no gas can slip through. Graphene may also illustrate our accelerating pace...

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Nano-spike catalysts convert CO2 directly into ethanol production

In a new twist to waste-to-fuel technology, ORNL scientists have developed an electrochemical process that uses tiny spikes of carbon and copper to turn carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, into ethanol. Their finding, which involves nanofabrication and catalysis science, was serendipitous. ...

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International association approves element 117 as tennessine

The recently discovered Element 117 is now officially named “tennessine” in recognition of Tennessee’s contributions to its discovery, including the efforts of ORNL, Vanderbilt and the University of Tennessee. The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC)—which validates the...

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Exploring the 2-D nanomaterials frontier

Ultrathin Destiny

Materials are identified by their properties, desirable or otherwise. Iron is strong, but it rusts. Plastics are versatile and useful but end up polluting the environment because they don’t easily decay. Scientists and engineers improve materials by manipulating them to get just the right...

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Nano-spike catalysts convert CO2 directly into ethanol production

In a new twist to waste-to-fuel technology, ORNL scientists have developed an electrochemical process that uses tiny spikes of carbon and copper to turn carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, into ethanol. Their finding, which involves nanofabrication and catalysis science, was serendipitous. ...

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ORNL, Berkeley are part of $16 million DOE effort toward computer design of materials

DOE is planning to invest $16 million over four years to accelerate the design of new materials through the use of  supercomputers utilizing teams from ORNL and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. The two teams will work to develop software to design fundamentally new functional...

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Manufacturing Demonstration Facility’s 3-D-printed tool used for building aircraft achieves Guinness World Record recognition

A 3-D printed trim-and-drill tool, developed by ORNL researchers and to be evaluated at The Boeing Company, has received the title of largest solid 3-Dprinted item by Guinness World Records. ORNL printed the lower cost trim tool in only 30 hours using carbon fiber and thermoplastic composite...

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Two birds, one stone: Alloy promises better engines, more rare earth production

ORNL researchers and partners at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Wisconsin-based Eck Industries have developed aluminum alloys that are both easier to work with and more heat tolerant than existing products. What may be more important, however, is that the alloys—which contain cerium—...

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