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A 3D-printed thermoplastic mold manufactured at ORNL withstood testing in an industrial autoclave.
May 3, 2016 – A successful test of 3D-printed thermoplastic molds demonstrates the potential of additive manufacturing in the tooling industry.
The GLIDES approach has the potential to change the way energy is stored.
May 3, 2016 – The gap between electricity generation and use could be narrowed with an Oak Ridge National Laboratory system that extracts energy from thin air.
Discarded tires can provide material useful for lower-cost sodium-ion batteries for energy storage.
May 3, 2016 – Hard carbon materials recycled from tires continue to show great promise as anodes in sodium-ion batteries for large-scale energy storage, according to an Oak Ridge National Laboratory study led by Yunchao Li.
ORNL’s dual-purpose coating potentially offers key advantages for fuel and core structures in light water reactors.
May 3, 2016 – Silicon carbide-based materials could be a winning alternative to zirconium alloys commonly used in fuel and core structures in today’s light water reactors, according to preliminary findings of a team led by Yutai Katoh of Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., May 3, 2016—Four Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers specializing in environmental, biological and computational science are among 49 recipients of Department of Energy's Office of Science Early Career Research Program awards.
Fernandez-Baca
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., April 27, 2016 – The Neutron Sciences Directorate's Jaime Fernandez-Baca has been named a fellow of the Neutron Scattering Society of America (NSSA).
ORNL researchers discovered that water in beryl displays some unique and unexpected characteristics. (Photo by Jeff Scovil)
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., April 22, 2016 – Neutron scattering and computational modeling have revealed unique and unexpected behavior of water molecules under extreme confinement that is unmatched by any known gas, liquid or solid states.
Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers developed a fiber to adsorb uranium from seawater.
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., April 21, 2016—The oceans hold more than four billion tons of uranium—enough to meet global energy needs for the next 10,000 years if only we could capture the element from seawater to fuel nuclear power plants.
SuperORRUBA detectors like the one being connected by ORNL researcher Kelly Chipps will play a big role in the JENSA experiment at the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory. (ORNL photo by Jason Richards)
April 21, 2016 – Physicists studying stellar explosions, the origin of life and just about everything in between could gain light years in precision because of a system inspired by a team led by Kelly Chipps of the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
ORNL’s developed the Additive Manufacturing Integrated Energy (AMIE) demonstration that utilizes clean energy and renewables, representing a potential energy efficient home of the future. (ORNL photo)
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., April 19, 2016 – Earth Day 2016 is observed Friday, April 22 and the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory is hosting a number of programs and activities throughout the week to promote enhanced environmental quality through greater energy efficiency and clean energy, according to Oak Ridge sustainability coordinator Teresa
Interpreting the results of collision induced dissociation (CID) experiments, simulations on Titan predict the formation of an unusually bonded uranium-nitrosyl molecule. Credit: J. Am. Chem. Society. DOI: 10.1021/jacs.5b02420
April 19, 2016 – Radioactive materials have long been a part of American history—from the Manhattan Project to the development of nuclear power. The materials central to these innovations are actinides, or elements 89–103 on the periodic table that release large amounts of energy when atoms are split.
Sturgeon
April 18, 2016 — Scientists at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory are taking a closer look at how sturgeon, a prehistoric — and now imperiled — group of fish species may better be helped to get around the dams that block their migrations.
Light drives the migration of charge carriers (electrons and holes) at the juncture between semiconductors with mismatched crystal lattices. These heterostructures hold promise for advancing optoelectronics and exploring new physics.
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., April 15, 2016—Epitaxy, or growing crystalline film layers that are templated by a crystalline substrate, is a mainstay of manufacturing transistors and semiconductors.
OAK RIDGE, Tenn. April 14, 2016 – Four Department of Energy national laboratories are joining Oak Ridge National Laboratory to expand an online crowdsourcing community for building technologies called JUMP, which bridges the gap between cutting-edge ideas and the marketplace.
As part of the Bioenergy Study Tour hosted by the Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, participants will visit switchgrass fields and facilities in East Tennessee.
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., April 11, 2016—Researchers and others interested in establishing a sustainable bioeconomy in the U.S. are taking part in a five-day study tour led by the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
This rendering illustrates the excitation of a spin liquid on a honeycomb lattice using neutrons.
OAK RIDGE, Tenn. April 7, 2016 – Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory used neutrons to uncover novel behavior in materials that holds promise for quantum computing.
Oak Ridge National Laboratory scientists combined imaging techniques to measure crystallization kinetics of perovskite films following exposure to a mixed halide vapor.
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., April 6, 2016 – Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have found a potential path to further improve solar cell efficiency by understanding the competition among halogen atoms during the synthesis of sunlight-absorbing crystals.
The Port of Virginia was one of the major ports that received diverted containers as a result of the closure of the Port of New York-New Jersey.
April 5, 2016 – Minimizing the impact on freight movement when events like Hurricane Sandy happen is the focus of an Oak Ridge National Laboratory ongoing study led by Marc Fialkoff, a researcher in the Geographic Information Science and Technology Group.
April 5, 2016 – Clothes dryers that use thermoelectric heat pump technology being developed by Oak Ridge National Laboratory and industry partner Sheetak could use 40 percent less energy, potentially saving consumers $3 billion in utility costs. “Each month, electric clothes dryers typically consume more energy than any other household appliance,” said Kyle Gluesenkamp, who leads the development team for ORNL’s Building Equipment Research Group.
A barrier, or weir, near 5th Creek Road on the Oak Ridge Reservation used to measure discharge on White Oak Creek acted as a barrier (unintentional) to fish passage. Due to age and failure the structure was removed in the fall of 2015.
April 5, 2016 – Fish communities recovering from environmental disturbances could potentially face obstacles presented by road culverts and equipment used to monitor water quality, according to an Oak Ridge National Laboratory study conducted over two decades.
In unbound calyx[4]pyrrole, two pyrrole “petals” are flipped up and two, down.
April 5, 2016 – Atomic charges in chemical solutions are like Switzerland—they strive for neutrality. The tendency to balance charges drives dynamics when charged atoms or molecules, called ions, are present in solutions.
Researchers used electron microscopy aberrations to create a new method for spectroscopy with atomic-level resolution.
April 5, 2016 – When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. At Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Uppsala University, researchers have done the scientific equivalent by using, rather than eliminating, flaws inherent to electron microscopy to create probes for performing novel atomic-level spectroscopy.
Red trillium is among the spring wildflowers found on the Oak Ridge Reservation.
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., April 1, 2016 – Four more nature walks are planned this spring on the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge Reservation beginning with a wildflower walk at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, April 10.
March 31, 2016—Lipid molecules have split personalities—one part loves water, whereas the other avoids it at all costs. Lipids make up cell membranes, the frontline defense in preventing cellular access to bacterial and viral invaders.
wireless power transfer
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., March 31, 2016 – A 20-kilowatt wireless charging system demonstrated at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory has achieved 90 percent efficiency at three times the rate of the plug-in systems commonly used for electric vehicles today.