What problem are you working on?

ORNL brings together scientists across a broad range of disciplines to tackle some of the most challenging problems in energy, global security, basic science and applied research. In these short videos, hear first-hand how ORNL’s people are finding solutions. More videos about the lab are available on our YouTube channel.


Fusion energy
Larry Baylor explains how the US ITER team is working to prevent solar flare-like events at a fusion energy reactor that will be like a small sun on earth.

Geographic information science & technology 
Budhu Bhaduri's expertise in high-performance computing is giving emergency responders and others unprecedented access to global population data.

Neutron imaging
Hassina Bilheux helps researchers from all over the world use neutrons to better understand how materials behave.

Mark Buckner wants to help machines see objects the way humans do, and he's also mentoring the next generation of scientists and engineers through FIRST Robotics.

Nanoscale materials
Hans Christen is working to understand material properties so that scientists can invent solutions to energy storage and other challenges based on accurate predictions of how new materials will behave..

Complex materials
Valentino Cooper uses some of the world's most powerful computing to understand how materials work at subatomic levels, studying breakthroughs such as piezoelectrics, which convert mechanical stress to electrical energy.

Neutron scattering
Physicist Clarina dela Cruz is harnessing the power of neutrons as a probe to better understand superconducting materials.

Stable isotope enrichment
Brian Egle is working to increase the nation's capacity to produce stable isotopes for use including medicine, industry and national security.

Drug discovery
Sally Ellingson harnesses the massive power of supercomputing to seek the next generation of pharmaceuticals.

Julie Ezold manages ORNL's Cf-252 production program. The unique and versatile radioisotope is critical to a number of energy- and security-related tasks.

Nuclear energy
Andrew Godfrey describes CASL – the Consortium for Advanced Simulation of Light Water Reactors – a multi-institutional effort led by the Department of Energy that's using high-performance computing to improve nuclear energy.

Research support
Scientists at Oak Ridge rely on machinists such as Bobby Grayson to make the parts necessary for conducting successful experiments.

Electron microscopy
Ecologist Juan Carlos Idrobo studies how materials behave atom by atom, providing the first images of phenomena described in textbooks but never before seen..

Climate change
Ecologist Colleen Iversen uses field study in Minnesota and Alaska to understand how increased atmospheric carbon dioxide and warmer temperatures affect plant growth.

Building technologies
After growing up on construction sites, Roderick Jackson is now helping to make buildings nationwide far more energy efficient.

Udaya Kalluri is part of a multidisciplinary scientific team working to unlock plants in order to create more potent biofuels without harsh processing.

Advanced manufacturing
Lonnie Love is breaking new ground in three-dimensional printing and training the upcoming scientists and engineers whose creations may be limited only by their imaginations.

Global security
Patrick Lynch Patrick Lynch helps technical staff, academic leaders and governments around the world improve the safety and security of their nuclear power programs.

Climate Modeling
Salil Mahajan applies ORNL's supercomputing capabilities to modeling the Earth's climate.

Carbon fiber
Lee McGetrick leads ORNL's effort to produce light, durable carbon fiber at lower cost – a key to improvements in manufacturing that will produce more fuel-efficient vehicles and other advances.

SNS operations
Sam McKenzie makes sure the facilities in ORNL's Spallation Neutron Source complex operate smoothly and provide visiting researchers with uninterrupted access to world-class instruments and accommodations.

Electric vehicles
Burak Ozpineci sees a future where electric vehicles charge while we drive them down the road, thanks in part to research under way at ORNL.

University recruiting
Channa Palmer recruits the best and brightest to Oak Ridge National Laboratory, traveling the country to explain the opportunities for advanced research offered in the Department of Energy's National Laboratory System.

Energy storage
ORNL Distinguished Scientist Parans Paranthaman is discovering new materials with potential for greatly increasing batteries' energy storage capacity and bringing manufacturing back to the US.

Climate change
Ben Preston works with scientists from a variety of disciplines to study and predict global climate change and its effects..

Energy efficiency
Jun Qu applies ORNL's multidisciplinary expertise to transportation and clean-energy technology improvements with potential to reduce oil consumption by billions of gallons.

Timmy Ramirez-Cuesta uses his background in computer modeling and advanced instrumentation at the Spallation Neutron Source to seek breakthroughs in the behavior of materials.

Athena Safa-Sefat explains how scientists are improving the superconductivity of materials and eliminating wasted energy.

Industry partnerships
Science at ORNL has big impact in the private sector, and Jesse Smith connects our researchers with companies that take discoveries such as low-cost carbon fiber to market.

Huntington's Disease
Chris Stanley probes the molecular roots of Huntington’s Disease—the incurable, hereditary neurological disorder that affects 1 in every 10,000 Americans—using the lab's High Flux Isotope Reactor.

Advanced nuclear fuel
Kurt Terrani uses his expertise in materials science to develop safer fuel for nuclear power plants.

Used nuclear fuel
John Wagner's leadership is helping the Department of Energy ensure the safe, secure disposal of radioactive material used to generate 20 percent of our nation's electricity.



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