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Department of Energy national lab researchers found strain dramatically influences low-temperature oxygen electrocatalysis on perovskite oxides, enhancing bifunctional activity essential for fuel cells and metal–air batteries.
May 27, 2016 – Catalysts make chemical reactions more likely to occur. In most cases, a catalyst that’s good at driving chemical reactions in one direction is bad at driving reactions in the opposite direction.
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., May 24, 2016 -- Oak Ridge National Laboratory has been selected for funding negotiations for  a competitive award from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) that aims to develop a low-cost, mul
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., May 24, 2016 -- Oak Ridge National Laboratory has been selected for funding negotiations for  a competitive award from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) that aims to develop a low-cost, multilayer, highly transparent and thermally insulating film for window applications.
Oak Ridge National Laboratory Director Thom Mason speaks at the opening session of the Southeast Regional Energy Innovation Workshop on May 23.
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., May 23, 2016 – The Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory will open an office at EPB headquarters in Chattanooga’s Innovation District that will link local companies to the national laboratory’s resources and expertise.
laser bonding
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., May 19, 2016 – Joining carbon fiber composites and aluminum for lightweight cars and other multi-material high-end products could become less expensive and the joints more robust because of a new method that harnesses a laser’s power and precision.
quantum dots
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., May 19, 2016 – A method to produce significant amounts of semiconducting nanoparticles for light-emitting displays, sensors, solar panels and biomedical applications has gained momentum with a demonstration by researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
A 3D structure of the HIV-1 protease in cartoon representation with bound clinical drug darunavir (shown as sticks).
May 19, 2016 – A team led by the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory used neutron analysis to better understand a protein implicated in the replication of HIV, the retrovirus that causes AIDS. The enzyme, known as HIV-1 protease, is a key drug target for HIV and AIDS therapies.  
ORNL Director Thom Mason congratulates UT-Battelle Scholarship recipient Ian Greeley.
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., May 16, 2016 – Knoxville Catholic High School senior Ian Greeley has been named recipient of the 2016 UT-Battelle Scholarship to attend the University of Tennessee.
ORNL carbon fiber processing technology co-invented by Felix Paulauskas (left) has been licensed to RMX Technologies, represented by vice president for research and development Truman Bonds.
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., May 13, 2016—RMX Technologies of Knoxville, Tenn., and the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have signed an exclusive licensing agreement for a new technology that dramatically reduces the time and energy needed in the production of carbon fiber.
Illustration showing structure of Bi2Se3-EuS bilayer film. (Image credit: ORNL/Jill Hemman)
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., May 9, 2016 – A multi-institutional team of researchers has discovered novel magnetic behavior on the surface of a specialized material that holds promise for smaller, more efficient devices and other advanced technology.
The silo-shaped tower for the 25-megavolt Tandem Electrostatic Accelerator also serves as an ORNL landmark.
May 9, 2016 – Oak Ridge National Laboratory's 25-megavolt Tandem Electrostatic Accelerator received an opportunity for one last hurrah in a series of experiments that ended in late March, nearly four years after the Holifield Radioactive Ion Beam (RIB) Facility at the Department of Energy national laboratory ceased operations.
Miaofeng Chi in her lab
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., May 5, 2016 – Miaofang Chi, a researcher at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, has received the Microscopy Society of America's Burton Medal, which is awarded annually to an early career scientist.
An ORNL-led research team found the key to fast ion conduction in a solid electrolyte. Tiny features maximize ion transport pathways, represented by red and green. Image credit: Oak Ridge National Laboratory, U.S. Dept. of Energy
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., May 5, 2016—In a rechargeable battery, the electrolyte transports lithium ions from the negative to the positive electrode during discharging. The path of ionic flow reverses during recharging.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.