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ORNL scientists uncover clues to role of magnetism in iron-based superconductors
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Aug. 21, 2014—New measurements of atomic-scale magnetic behavior in iron-based superconductors by researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Vanderbilt University are challenging conventional wisdom about superconductivity and magnetism.

Five ORNL scientists rated among world’s most influential
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., August 1, 2014 – Five Department of Energy Oak Ridge National Laboratory physicists, including Deputy for Science and Technology Ramamoorthy Ramesh, have been named by Thomson Reuters as some of the best and brightest of our time.

ORNL study reveals new characteristics of complex oxide surfaces
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., July 24, 2014—A novel combination of microscopy and data processing has given researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory an unprecedented look at the surface of a material known for its unusual physical and electrochemical properties.

ORNL, UTGSM study compares structures of Huntington’s disease protein
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., July 16, 2014—Neutron scattering research at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory has revealed clear structural differences in the normal and pathological forms of a protein involved in Huntington’s disease.

ORNL wins eight R&D 100s
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., July 11, 2014—Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have received eight R&D 100 awards, presented by R&D Magazine in recognition of the year’s top technological innovations.

Moore named director of the American Museum of Science and Energy
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., July 1, 2014 -- David Moore has been named director of the American Museum of Science and Energy. The museum, owned by the U.S. Department of Energy, showcases the history of the Manhattan Project and the current scientific, energy and national security missions carried out by DOE facilities in Oak Ridge.

ORNL researchers Simpson, Snead, Tuskan named Corporate Fellows
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., June 24, 2014 — Michael L. Simpson, Lance L. Snead and Gerald A. Tuskan have been named Corporate Fellows of the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Oak Ridge National Laboratory Launches Imaging Institute
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., June 23, 2014—The Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory has launched the Institute for Functional Imaging of Materials to accelerate discovery, design and deployment of new materials.

ORNL awarded two Energy Frontier Research Centers
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., June 20, 2014—Oak Ridge National Laboratory will be home to two Energy Frontier Research Centers (EFRCs) announced this week by U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz.

Knoxville startup Fiveworx licenses ORNL energy analysis tool
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., June 4, 2014—Knoxville-based Fiveworx has licensed an Oak Ridge National Laboratory technology that will help consumers reduce their utility bills by analyzing their home energy usage.

Novel ORNL technique enables air-stable water droplet networks
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., May 13, 2014—A simple new technique to form interlocking beads of water in ambient conditions could prove valuable for applications in biological sensing, membrane research and harvesting water from fog.


ORNL hosting Nuclear Energy Institute ‘fact-finding’ visit
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., May 13, 2014 – Some of the nation’s foremost authorities on nuclear energy will be at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory Wednesday and Thursday for a Nuclear Energy Institute industry fact-finding mission.

Urban Design Leader Named Newest UT-ORNL Governor's Chair
KNOXVILLE— Philip Enquist, partner in charge of urban design and planning and leader of the City Design Practice at Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, has been named the 16th University of Tennessee-Oak Ridge National Laboratory Governor's Chair. Skidmore, Owings and Merrill is one of the world's leading urban planning, architecture and engineering firms.

Oak Ridge senior Andrew Skipper earns UT-Battelle Scholarship
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., May 7, 2014 - Andrew Skipper, a senior at Oak Ridge High School, is the recipient of the 2014 UT-Battelle Scholarship to the University of Tennessee.

ORNL paper examines clues for superconductivity in an iron-based material
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., May 5, 2014 – For the first time, scientists have a clearer understanding of how to control the appearance of a superconducting phase in a material, adding crucial fundamental knowledge and perhaps setting the stage for advances in the field of superconductivity.

‘Double-duty’ electrolyte enables new chemistry for longer-lived batteries
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., April 24, 2014 — Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have developed a new and unconventional battery chemistry aimed at producing batteries that last longer than previously thought possible.

Atomic switcheroo explains origins of thin-film solar cell mystery
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., April 23, 2014—Treating cadmium-telluride (CdTe) solar cell materials with cadmium-chloride improves their efficiency, but researchers have not fully understood why.

ORNL’s John Wagner receives E.O. Lawrence Award
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., April 16, 2014—Oak Ridge National Laboratory researcher John Wagner has been named a 2013 recipient of the Department of Energy’s Ernest Orlando Lawrence Award for his work in advancing computer, information and knowledge sciences.

Anasys licenses ORNL nanoscale mass spectrometry imaging technology
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., April 14, 2014 – Anasys Instruments Corp. has licensed a Department of Energy Oak Ridge National Laboratory technology that allows for simultaneous chemical and physical characterization and could lead to advances in materials and drug development.

ORNL study pegs fuel economy costs of common practices
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., April 9, 2014 – People who pack their cars and drive like Clark Griswold in National Lampoon’s “Vacation” pay a steep penalty when it comes to fuel economy, according to a report by the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Vertimass licenses ORNL biofuel-to-hydrocarbon conversion technology
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., March 6, 2014 — Vertimass LLC, a California-based start-up company, has licensed an Oak Ridge National Laboratory technology that directly converts ethanol into a hydrocarbon blend-stock for use in transportation fuels.

Icenhour to lead ORNL's Nuclear Science and Engineering Directorate
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Feb. 27, 2014 -- Alan Icenhour has been named associate laboratory director for Nuclear Science and Engineering at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Bioenergy expert Ragauskas named UT-ORNL Governor’s Chair
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Feb. 21, 2014 — Arthur Ragauskas, an authority in bioenergy, has been named a University of Tennessee–Oak Ridge National Laboratory Governor’s Chair.

ORNL microscopy system delivers real-time view of battery electrochemistry
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Feb. 19, 2014 — Using a new microscopy method, researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory can image and measure electrochemical processes in batteries in real time and at nanoscale resolution.

CASL, Westinghouse simulate neutron behavior in AP1000® reactor core
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Feb. 18, 2014 — Scientists and engineers developing more accurate approaches to analyzing nuclear power reactors have successfully tested a new suite of computer codes that closely model “neutronics” — the behavior of neutrons in a reactor core.


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