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  • ORNL’s new battery design holds significant promise for grid and stationary power storage.

    Batteries – Hybrid packs power …

    February 4, 2016 – Batteries for grid and stationary applications could get a boost with an approach that uses inexpensive and plentiful aluminum and lithium-containing cathodes to increase capacity, cycling performance and safety.

  • A neuromorphic, or brain-like, network reading and recognizing a handwritten number.

    Computing – Meeting of minds …

    February 4, 2016 – Oak Ridge National Laboratory will play host this summer to researchers whose goal is to design computers that combine the best of human and machine.

  • With just a few small sticks, Envirofit International’s M-5000 Wood clean cookstove can boil water in seven minutes. Two-thirds of the company’s 1 million stoves sold used alloys developed by the research team.

    Materials – Cleaner biomass cookstoves …

    February 4, 2016 – Some of the estimated 4 million premature deaths each year attributed to indoor cookstove smoke might be prevented because of the work of researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Colorado State University and Envirofit International.

  • ORNL researchers are developing an idealized collector molecule that has a shape complementary to the surface atomic structure of xenotime, a rare earth yttrium-rich phosphate mineral.

    Energy – Critical materials, critical role …

    February 4, 2016 – Ensuring a reliable supply of rare earth elements, including four key lanthanides and yttrium, is a major goal of the Critical Materials Institute ( as these elements are essential to many clean-energy technologies.

  • Researchers developed a framework to learn physical and chemical phenomena defining nanocrystal growth from scanning transmission electron microscopy.

    Nanoscience – Learning from nanocrystal growth …

    February 4, 2016 – To tailor tiny nanocrystals for catalysts, semiconductors and other applications, scientists must predict what happens inside the particle, at the boundary and in the solvent during particle growth.

  • One-third of the nation’s energy generation units are located within 50 miles of the coasts.

    Climate – Populations at risk …

    February 4, 2016 – Increased extreme weather events expected to accompany climate change pose a significant risk to coastal regions, home to more than half of the U.S. population with more people on the way.

  • The development team for ORNL's Hyperion technology, which has won a Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer award, included (from left) Stacy Prowell, Mark Pleszkoch, Richard Willems and Kirk Sayre.

    Hyperion cyber security tech receives commercialization award

    OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Feb. 1, 2016 – The commercial licensing of a cyber security technology developed at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory has been recognized by the Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer (FLC) as a top example of moving technology to the marketplace.

  • Proton density after laser impact on a spherical solid density target: irradiated by an ultra-short, high intensity laser (not in picture) the intense electro-magnetic field rips electrons apart from their ions and creates a plasma.

    Titan Targets Tumors

    January 26, 2016 – Since lasers were first produced in the early 1960s, researchers have worked to apply laser technology from welding metal to surgeries, with laser technology advancing quickly through the last 50 years. 

  • Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Joe Giaquinto investigates chemical clues for trace-level radioactivity. Giaquinto leads ORNL’s Nuclear Analytical Chemistry and Isotopics Laboratory, which makes critical contributions to nuclear forensics and nonprolifera

    Cracking Cases

    January 25, 2016 – A group of nuclear detectives at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory takes on tough challenges, from detecting illicit uranium using isotopic “fingerprints” to investigating Presidential assassination conspiracies.

  • 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.