Research Highlights

Oak Ridge, Lawrence Berkeley National Labs Share 2018 ACM Gordon Bell Prize

November 20, 2018

Two US Department of Energy (DOE) National Laboratories were recently awarded the 2018 Association for Computing Machinery’s (ACM’s) Gordon Bell Prize for work done on the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility’s (OLCF’s) Summit supercomputer, the most powerful system in the world....

Advancing Energy Storage Solutions

November 12, 2018

Oak Ridge National Laboratory translates scientific discoveries into energy storage solutions that boost energy efficiency, increase energy security, and create economic opportunity for the nation.


Transportation—Going with the flow

November 1, 2018
Self-driving cars promise to keep traffic moving smoothly and reduce fuel usage, but proving those advantages has been a challenge with so few connected and automated vehicles, or CAVs, currently on the road. To study the potential benefits, researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory...

ORNL develops textile-based carbon fiber for automotive fenders

October 25, 2018

ORNL, partnering with IACMI (The Composites Institute), has successfully produced carbon fiber injection molded automotive fenders using TCF (textile-based carbon fiber). The novel, low-cost fiber includes PAN precursor and was first developed at the Department of Energy’s Carbon Fiber...

ORNL demonstrates 120-kilowatt wireless charging for vehicles

October 19, 2018

Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have demonstrated a 120-kilowatt wireless charging system for vehicles—providing six times the power of previous ORNL technology and a big step toward charging times that rival the speed and convenience of a gas...

Genetic behavior reveals cause of death in poplars essential to ecosystems, industry

October 18, 2018

Scientists studying a valuable, but vulnerable, species of poplar have identified the genetic mechanism responsible for the species’ inability to resist a pervasive and deadly disease. Their finding, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, could lead...

Supercomputing for better commuting: In pursuit of fuel economy, mobility

September 28, 2018

In a project leveraging computer vision, machine learning, and sensors, Oak Ridge National Laboratory scientists are working with private company GRIDSMART Technologies, Inc. to demonstrate how stop lights can be programmed to improve fuel economy and reduce emissions while...

Making self-healing building materials a reality: Kaushik Biswas

September 7, 2018

Inspiration often strikes in the unlikeliest of places and for Kaushik Biswas, a mechanical engineer in ORNL’s Building Envelope & Urban Systems Research Group, a moment spent enjoying entertainment led to the idea of developing self-healing vacuum panels for buildings.


Vacuum Insulation Improves Building Energy Performance

September 5, 2018

September 4, 2018 - Vacuum insulation technology called modified atmosphere insulation, or MAI, could be a viable solution for improving the energy performance of buildings, based on a study by Oak Ridge National Laboratory and industry partners. ORNL researchers used a specialized...

Ecology—Unmasking mercury

September 4, 2018

Biologists from Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center have confirmed that microorganisms called methanogens, which are found in anaerobic environments such as soil, water and sewage, can transform mercury into the neurotoxin methylmercury with...

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