Moonis Raza Ally

Moonis Raza Ally

Research and Development Staff


Dr. Ally is a senior research staff member at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory with 30 years of R&D and project management experience.  His research experience includes energy conservation technologies, adsorption and absorption processes, thermodynamics, ground source heat pumps, and chemical separations. Dr. Ally contributed to Policy Options to Promote Energy Efficiency for the Obama Administration.  The study was sponsored by the U.S. Climate Change Technology Program.  The leading technical document was published by the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, ORNL/TM-2009/104. Dr. Ally’s was part of the team that helped develop the Trilogy™ 40 Q-Mode ground source heat pump certified by the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) to exceed 40 EER.. He co-developed the modern theory of aqueous electrolytes for application in sorption heat pumps, atmospheric sciences, and climate change modeling, known as the Ally-Braunstein theory.

Awards during employment at ORNL include: The Federal Laboratory Consortium Award (2014); RD100 Award (2013); Discover Magazine (July 2000), UT-Battelle, Lockheed-Martin Energy Research Corporation: Inventor of the Year Award (2000), Technical Achievement Award (2000), Distinguished Scientist Award, Chemical Technology Division (1998), Technology Transfer Award (1996), Special Achievement Award, Chemical Technology Division (1993), and is a recipient of Silver Acorn, Martin Marietta Energy Systems, Inc., (1995). He has over 60 peer-reviewed publications, two book chapters, two Patents, 27 technical reports and over 32 presentations at National and International Conferences.


Marilyn Brown, Jess Chandler, Melissa Lapsa, and Moonis Ally, “Adding a Behavioral Dimension to Residential Construction and Retrofit Policies”, In: Section 2: Behavior-Savvy Policy; People-Centered Initiatives for Increasing Energy Savings, Eds: Karen Ehrhardt-Martinez and John A. “Skip” Laitner, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, Washington, D. C., November 2010.

Chapter 14: Ally-Braunstein solution Theory, In: Nucleation Theory and Applications: Review Series on Selected Topics of Atmospheric Sol Formation, Vol. 1., Joint Institute for Nuclear Research, Dubna, 2013; Jürn W. P. Schmelzer and Olaf Hellmuth (editors), ISBN 978-5-9530-0349-0.

Federal Laboratory Consortium (FLC) Award (2014)

RD 100 Award for the first ground source heat pump (Trilogy® 40 Q-Mode) ever certified by the Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) to exceed 40 EER.


  • United States Patent No. US 7,757,508 B2, July 20, 1010. Super Energy Saver Heat Pump with Dynamic Hybrid Phase Change Material.

  • United States Patent No. 5294357, March 15, 1994. Method for Preparing Salt solutions having Desired Properties

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