Joanne O Ramey


  • B.S., Chemistry 1976, University of North Carolina at Pembroke


  • Mathematics Teacher’s Aide, Robeson County Schools, NC, 1976
  • Laboratory Technician, ORNL, Solid State Division, 1976-1979
  • Additional course work toward a second degree in Chemical Engineering, UT at Knoxville, TN
  • Senior Laboratory Technician, ORNL, Solid State Division, 1979-1984
  • Research Associate I, ORNL, Solid State Division, 1984-1993
  • Trained in the field of single crystal growth
  • Trained in the field of glass synthesis
  • Trained in the field of high performance liquid chromatography
  • Research Staff Member, ORNL, Solid State Division/CMSD/MSTD, 1993 – Present
  • Trained in the field of x-ray powder diffraction analysis
  • Trained in the field of nanophase powder synthesis and processing

Research Interest:

  • The development, synthesis, and characterization of materials for radiation detection/scintillation. These materials include crystals, ceramics, and glasses.
  • Fabricate new phosphors and scintillator materials.
  • Growth of single crystals of Potassium Niobate, Vanadium Oxide, Indium Oxide, Halide, and Rare-Earth Metal-Organics Solution Crystals.
  • Synthesis of new phosphate, silicate, borate glasses for Li/Fe cathode batteries.

Professional Activities and Affiliations:

  • Member of the American Association of Crystal Growth
  • ORNL Representative to the American Indian Science & Engineering Society National Conference
  • Panel Member for Professional Women in Science at ORNL
  • Native American Committee member at ORNL for the International Festival
  • Affirmative Action Representative, Solid State Division, ORNL 1980 – 1988
  • ORNL Representative in Career Day at Karns Middle School


Second Prize Winner in the 1999
International Metallographic Competition Synthetically grown Lanthanide Orthophosphate Crystals on display at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC DoD Innovative Technology Award
ORNL Representative in Health, Science, & Technology for the YWCA “Woman of Distinction” award.
2010 R&D 100 Award Winner