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June 30, 2017 — It is a bright, hot morning in mid-May on the Oak Ridge Reservation. A wildlife camera trap is hidden in the tall grass, passively waiting for a passerby, when a thin, exotic-looking bird walks into the frame.
ORNL researchers received five DOE Distinguished Achievement Awards recognizing outstanding individual and team accomplishments.
June 30, 2017 – ORNL Sustainable Transportation Program researchers received DOE Distinguished Achievement Awards recognizing outstanding individual and team accomplishments:
Arthur Baddorf
OAK RIDGE, Tenn, June 29, 2017 – Arthur Baddorf and An-Ping Li, researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, have been named fellows of the American Vacuum Society.
Researcher Ryan McManamay holds a lake sturgeon in ORNL's Aquatic Ecology Laboratory.
June 27, 2017 – Growing up in South Carolina, Ryan McManamay enjoyed a nature-rich upbringing. Both of his parents are retired teachers from the public school system and instilled in him early an appreciation for immersive learning as well as a love of the outdoors.
A combination of X-ray and neutron scattering has revealed new insights into how a highly efficient industrial enzyme is used to break down cellulose. Knowing how oxygen molecules (red) bind to catalytic elements (illustrated by a single copper ion).
June 27, 2017 – Producing biofuels like ethanol from plant materials requires various enzymes to break down the cellulosic fibers. Scientists using neutron scattering have identified the specifics of an enzyme-catalyzed reaction that could significantly reduce the total amount of enzymes used, improving production processes and lowering costs.
Ben Doughty
June 26, 2017 — No two scientists have the same story about how they ended up in their field. Some people seem to have been born scientists; others develop their love for it as budding minds full of curiosity.
Claus Daniel, director of the Sustainable Transportation program at ORNL. Photo by Carlos Jones, ORNL.
June 19, 2017 – Claus Daniel was initially attracted to the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory by its reputation as a world leader in materials research.
As neutrons (blue line) scatter off the graphene-like honeycomb material, they produce a magnetic Majorana fermion (green wave) that moves through the material disrupting or breaking apart magnetic interactions between “spinning” electrons.
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., June 8, 2017—Neutron scattering has revealed in unprecedented detail new insights into the exotic magnetic behavior of a material that, with a fuller understanding, could pave the way for quantum calculations far beyond the limits of the ones and zeros of a computer’s binary code.
Eck Cylinder Head
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., and MANITOWOC, Wis., June 7, 2017—Wisconsin’s Eck Industries has signed an exclusive license for the commercialization of a cerium-aluminum (Ce-Al) alloy co-developed by the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory that is ideal for creating lightweight, strong components for advanced vehicles and airplanes.
A novel approach developed by Oak Ridge National Laboratory could streamline processes for locating oil and natural gas in shale.
June 5, 2017 – Finding optimal locations for extracting petroleum and natural gas from shale could become more economical and efficient thanks to a new approach developed by Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
ORNL’s Sergei Kalinin and Rama Vasudevan (far left) used scanning probe microscopy to discover inseparable interplay between bulk ferroelectricity and surface electrochemistry in a 30-nanometer-thick film of barium titanate.
June 5, 2017 – An Oak Ridge National Laboratory–led team discovered a link between electrochemistry at the surface and ferroelectricity within the bulk material of ultrathin crystalline films.
Momentum Technologies has licensed Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s 3D-printed magnet technology and plans to produce the first 3D-printed magnet made from recycled materials for use in electric vehicles, wind turbines and high-speed rail.
June 5, 2017 – Dallas-based Momentum Technologies has non-exclusively licensed Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s 3D-printed magnet technology and plans to commercialize the first 3D-printed magnet made from recycled materials.
An ORNL-led team discovered a simpler, quicker nontoxic method to synthesize biomass materials without applying heat or solvents. The molecules self-assembled into large-pore-sized hexagonal cylinder-shaped mesostructures suitable for large molecule.
June 5, 2017 – A “lucky finding” by Oak Ridge National Laboratory scientists has led to a simple, nontoxic method to synthesize inexpensive ordered mesoporous materials from plant products.
At the Department of Energy’s Manufacturing Demonstration Facility, a research team achieved a 500 percent increase in thermal conductivity using a thermoplastic composite made of copper fibers mixed with nylon.
June 5, 2017 – Reducing the energy and water that power plants require to convert heat to electricity could become easier with a novel heat exchanger designed and 3D printed at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. A research team achieved a 500 percent increase in thermal conductivity using a new thermoplastic composite made of copper fibers mixed with nylon.
Thomas Zacharia named director of Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., June 1, 2017 – Thomas Zacharia, who built Oak Ridge National Laboratory into a global supercomputing power, has been selected as the laboratory’s next director by UT-Battelle, the partnership that operates ORNL for the U.S. Department of Energy.
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OAK RIDGE, Tenn. May 31, 2017 – A team led by the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory has identified a novel microbial process that can break down toxic methylmercury in the environment, a fundamental scientific discovery that could potentially reduce mercury toxicity levels and support health and risk assessments.
May 30, 2017 – While serving in Kandahar, Afghanistan, U.S. Navy construction mechanic Matthew Sallas may not have imagined where his experience would take him next. But researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory certainly had the future in mind as they were creating programs to train men and women like him for tomorrow’s maker workforce.
Neutron scattering is a valuable technique for studying cell membranes
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., May 24, 2017—A research team from the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory has performed the first-ever direct nanoscale examination of a living cell membrane. In doing so, it also resolved a long-standing debate by identifying tiny groupings of lipid molecules that are likely key to the cell’s functioning.
Colleen Iversen
May 22, 2017 – Colleen Iversen’s quest to understand the world below ground has taken her to remarkably diverse ecosystems above ground.
ORNL welcomed its first group of research fellows to join Innovation Crossroads, an entrepreneurial research and development program based at the lab.
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., May 18, 2017—Oak Ridge National Laboratory today welcomed the first cohort of innovators to join Innovation Crossroads, the Southeast region's first entrepreneurial research and development program based at a U.S. Department of Energy national laboratory.
UT-Battelle Scholarship winner Allison Michelle Campbell with ORNL Director Thom Mason.
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., May 16, 2017 – Bearden High School senior Allison Michelle Campbell has been named recipient of the 2017 UT-Battelle Scholarship to attend the University of Tennessee.
Bredesen Center Director Lee Riedinger, from left, University of Tennessee, Knoxville Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate School Dixie Thompson, former Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen, and UT Knoxville Chancellor Beverly Davenport gather together as the sc
OAK RIDGE, Tenn. May 15, 2017–The Tennessee Higher Education Commission has approved a new doctoral program in data science and engineering as part of the Bredesen Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Graduate Education.
Alex Dumitrache collaborates with plant biologists, geneticists and other scientists in ORNL's bioinformatics and microscopy groups.
May 9, 2017 – As an undergraduate at Toronto’s Ryerson University, Alexandru “Alex” Dumitrache initially studied chemistry and biology with an eye toward a career in medicine—until a class in industrial biotechnology opened his mind to other possibilities.
Panos Datskos
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., May 8, 2017 – Panos Datskos, a researcher at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, has received the 2017 Eric A. Lehrfeld Award from the Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers.
Brian T. Gibson
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., May 8, 2017 – Brian T. Gibson, a postdoctoral research associate at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, has been named one of the SME Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineers for 2017.