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Researcher Rob Schmidt and his team are using neutrons at HFIR’s CG-1D imaging instrument to study the development of dendrites with hope of improving the design of next-generation lithium ion batteries. Dendrites are thin microscopic fibers that can carr
February 22, 2018 – Researchers are using neutrons to study a battery material that could offer a safer alternative to the flammable liquid component found in most types of lithium-ion batteries. Rob Schmidt, a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and his collaborators are using neutrons at the lab’s High Flux Isotope Reactor to study a solid-core garnet material as a possible substitute for the flammable liquid cores often used in lithium-ion batteries.
Timothy D. Burchell
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., February 21, 2018 – Timothy D. Burchell, a researcher at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, has been elected fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).
ACEAlloy cylinder: High-performance aluminum cerium alloys have automotive, aerospace and energy applications, such as this automotive cylinder head cast.
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Feb. 19, 2018 – Four technologies developed at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have earned 2018 Excellence in Technology Transfer Awards from the Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer (FLC). The FLC is a nationwide network of more than 300 federal laboratories, agencies and research centers committed to developing federal technologies and expertise and facilitating their entrance to the public marketplace.
The Weyl semimetal state is induced when the opposing motions of the electrons cause the Dirac cones to split in two (illustrated on the left by outward facing electrons, opposite the inward facing electrons on the right).
February 19, 2018 – The observation of an abnormal state of matter in a two-dimensional magnetic material is the latest development in the race to harness novel electronic properties for more robust and efficient next-generation devices. Neutron scattering at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory helped a multi-institutional team led by Tulane University investigate a graphene-like strontium-manganese-antimony material (Sr1-yMn1-zSb2) that hosts what researchers suspect is a Weyl semimetal phase.
Joseph Lukens, Pavel Lougovski and Nicholas Peters (from left), researchers with ORNL’s Quantum Information Science Group, are examining methods for encoding photons with quantum information that are compatible with the existing telecommunications infrast
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Feb. 16, 2018 – A team of researchers led by the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory has demonstrated a new method for splitting light beams into their frequency modes. The scientists can then choose the frequencies they want to work with and encode photons with quantum information. Their work could spur advancements in quantum information processing and distributed quantum computing.

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