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  • ORNL supports new projects to develop advanced nuclear technologies

    OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Jan. 21, 2016— Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory will support two new DOE-funded projects to explore, develop and demonstrate advanced nuclear reactor technologies.

  • In a Fluid Interface Reactions, Structures and Transport Center project to probe a battery’s atomic activity during its first charging cycle, Robert Sacci and colleagues used the Spallation Neutron Source’s vibrational spectrometer to gain chemical inform

    ORNL researchers use neutrons to gain insight into battery inefficiency

    January 19, 2016 – Rechargeable batteries power everything from electric vehicles to wearable gadgets, but obstacles limit the creation of sleeker, longer-lasting and more efficient power sources.

  • ORNL’s Ralph Dinwiddie uses infrared cameras to create heat maps of working materials that reveal their thermal properties and subsurface structure. This 1998 image of an aging aircraft’s engine cowling revealed severe subsurface corrosion.

    ORNL’s thermal cameras snoop beneath surfaces to reveal materials’ secrets

    Scientists at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory are pioneering the use of infrared cameras to image additive manufacturing processes in hopes of better understanding how processing conditions affect the strength, residual stresses and microstructure of 3D-printed parts.

  • The microbe Clostridium thermocellum (stained green), seen growing on a piece of poplar biomass, is among several microorganisms recently evaluated in a BioEnergy Science Center comparative study. Image by Jennifer Morrell-Falvey, Oak Ridge National Labor

    BESC study seeks nature’s best biocatalysts for biofuel production

    OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Jan. 14, 2016—Researchers at the Department of Energy’s BioEnergy Science Center are looking beyond the usual suspects in the search for microbes that can efficiently break down inedible plant matter for conversion to biofuels.

  • An open port sampling probe developed by ORNL’s Vilmos Kertesz (left) and Gary Van Berkel is among several mass spectrometry technologies licensed to SCIEX.

    ORNL, SCIEX sign license agreement for analytical chemistry tech

    OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Jan. 13, 2016—The Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory and SCIEX of Framingham, Mass., have signed a licensing agreement for technologies that speed up, simplify and expand the use of analytic chemistry equipment.

  • Collaboration – World of opportunities …

    January 5, 2016 – With the creation of the Unmanned Aerial Systems Research Center (, Oak Ridge National Laboratory makes available tools and capabilities with applications in environment, energy, infrastructure, security and humanitarian efforts.

  • New transparent conductor made from more earth-abundant elements promises lower cost solar cells and displays.

    Materials – Clear advantages …

    January 5, 2016 – Touchscreens, smart phones, liquid crystal displays and solar panels of tomorrow could be more efficient because of a new material profiled in a paper published in Scientific Reports.

  • Population – New modeling component …

    January 5, 2016 – By studying hospital occupancy rates in hospitals of countries where data is readily available, Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers hope to further refine their population distribution and dynamics work.

  • Sensors – Extending limits …

    January 5, 2016 – Through manipulation of two laser beams and plasmonic sensors, Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers are pushing the boundaries for detecting trace biochemical compounds.

  • Ecology – Mapping forest canopies …

    January 5, 2016 – A new data analytics approach developed by Oak Ridge National Laboratory could help forest and wildlife managers track changes in vegetation and wildlife habitat across large land areas.

  • Computing – Patterns and predictions …

    January 5, 2016 – Drawing connections between seemingly disparate and vast amounts of text could become easier thanks to software developed by Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

  • Materials – Steel like none other …

    January 5, 2016 – Steel unlike any forged in the last 2,000 years will be in the spotlight at the TMS 2016 Annual Meeting & Exhibition ( Feb. 14-18 in Nashville.

  • ORNL's Sen receives Drell Academic Award

    OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Jan. 5, 2016 – Satyabrata Sen of the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory has been awarded the 2016 Sidney D. Drell Academic Award by Intelligence and National Security Alliance, an organization of public, private and academic sectors within the national security and intelligence communities.

  • ORNL on team officially recognized for elements 115, 117 discovery

    January 5, 2016 — The International Union for Pure and Applied Chemistry has announced formal verification of four new chemical elements, recognizing the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory and its collaborators for the discovery of elements 115 and 117. 

  • Cantilever schematic: Schematic representation of the atomic force microscope interacting with the material surface. (Credit: Rama Vasudevan, ORNL)

    New Acoustic Technique Reveals Structural Information in Nanoscale Materials

    January 4, 2016 – Understanding where and how phase transitions occur is critical to developing new generations of the materials used in high-performance batteries, sensors, energy-harvesting devices, medical diagnostic equipment and other applications.

  • This section of a serpentine channel reactor shows the parallel reactor and feeder channels separated by a nanoporous membrane. At left is a single nanopore viewed from the side; at right is a diagram of metabolite exchange across the membrane.

    ORNL cell-free protein synthesis is potential lifesaver

    OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Dec. 29, 2015 – Lives of soldiers and others injured in remote locations could be saved with a cell-free protein synthesis system developed at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

  • By producing 50 grams of plutonium-238, Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers have demonstrated the nation’s ability to provide a valuable energy source for deep space missions.

    ORNL achieves milestone with plutonium-238 sample

    OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Dec. 22, 2015 – With the production of 50 grams of plutonium-238, researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have restored a U.S. capability dormant for nearly 30 years and set the course to provide power for NASA and other missions.

  • In situ neutron diffraction visualizes the synthesis mechanism, involving multi-phase evolutions, of garnet-type fast lithium-ion solid conductors. The neutron diffraction determines the lithium vacancy distribution in the garnet lattice, and reveals the

    Neutrons offer guide to getting more out of solid-state lithium-ion batteries

    December 21, 2015—Although they don’t currently have as much conductivity, solid-state electrolytes designed for lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) are emerging as a safer alternative to their more prevalent—sometimes flammable—liquid-electrolyte counterparts.

  • The Roane State Community College associates are (from left) Jeff Manning, Chris Zerr, Bruce Lester, Joe Pyle, Darrell Roddy and Rusty Dryman.

    Mapping a future

    December 18, 2015 – Bruce Lester has had a lot of jobs: fisherman, horse trainer, “professional stair builder.” He last worked for a real estate company, surveying land using geographic software. “When the bottom fell out of the construction industry and the company downsized, I got laid off,” he said.

  • Sheng Dai of the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

    ORNL’s Dai ranked among world’s most influential scientists

    OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Dec. 18, 2015—Sheng Dai of the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory has been named to a list of the most highly cited researchers in the world.

  • ORNL technique could set new course for extracting uranium from seawater

    OAK RIDGE, Tenn., December 17, 2015 – An ultra-high-resolution technique used for the first time to study polymer fibers that trap uranium in seawater may cause researchers to rethink the best methods to harvest this potential fuel for nuclear reactors.

  • Wei wins 2015 WDS Data Stewardship Award

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn., Dec. 14, 2015 – The International Council for Science's World Data System (WDS) has selected geospatial information scientist Yaxing Wei of the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory to receive the WDS Data Stewardship Award for 2015.

  • Biodiesel producers honor ORNL’s Lance

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn., Dec. 14, 2015 – Michael Lance, a scientist at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, has been named Biodiesel Researcher of the Year by the National Biodiesel Board.

  • ORNL researchers (from left) Seung-Hwan Lim, Larry Roberts, Sreenivas Rangan Sukumar and Matt Lee developed a new smart data tool for medical research called ORiGAMI that has the potential to accelerate medical research and discovery.

    A Cure for Medical Researchers’ Big Data Headache

    December 7, 2015 – As medical research has become more specialized, the scientific community’s understanding of the human body has increased, resulting in enhanced treatments, new drugs, and better health outcomes.

  • ORNL honored for developing technology that supports researchers

    ​OAK RIDGE, Tenn. (Dec. 7, 2015) — A state-of-the-art web application developed by Oak Ridge National Laboratory has received a national award for technology innovation.

    The Research Enterprise Solution program, or RESolution, was the overall winner of the 2015 Excellence.Gov Awards, given by the American Council for Technology-Industry Advisory Council (ACT-IAC) to honor the best government information technology programs.