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ORNL researchers tune friction in ionic solids at the nanoscale
OAK RIDGE, Tenn. Jan 27, 2015 – Friction impacts motion, hence the need to control friction forces.

American Physical Society honors three from ORNL
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Jan. 14, 2015 – Three researchers from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have been honored with fellowships from the American Physical Society. Bobby Sumpter, Randy Fishman and Thomas Papenbrock were each recognized for their exceptional contributions to the physical sciences.

ORNL microscopy pencils patterns in polymers at the nanoscale
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Dec. 17, 2014—Scientists at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have used advanced microscopy to carve out nanoscale designs on the surface of a new class of ionic polymer materials for the first time.

 
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Atomic trigger shatters mystery of how glass deforms
— Throw a rock through a window made of silica glass, and the brittle, insulating oxide pane shatters. But whack a golf ball with a club made of metallic glass—a resilient conductor that looks like metal—and the glass not only stays intact but also may drive the ball farther than conventional clubs. In light of this contrast, the nature of glass seems anything but clear.

Materials science matchmaker
— Scientific research may be the primary focus of the Department of Energy’s national laboratories, but for David Mandrus, the institutions play an equally important role in shaping the instruction and career paths of students.

Predicting performance
— When Orlando Rios first started analyzing samples of carbon fibers made from a woody plant polymer known as lignin, he noticed something unusual. The material’s microstructure -- a mixture of perfectly spherical nanoscale crystallites distributed within a fibrous matrix -- looked almost too good to be true.

 
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American Physical Society honors three from ORNL
— OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Jan. 14, 2015 – Three researchers from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have been honored with fellowships from the American Physical Society. Bobby Sumpter, Randy Fishman and Thomas Papenbrock were each recognized for their exceptional contributions to the physical sciences.

Brady earns TMS 2015 Brimacombe Medalist Award
— The Materials Science and Technology Division's Michael Brady has been selected as one of four recipients to receive The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society 2015 Brimacombe Medalist Award. Recognized by the society for his "sustained excellence and achievement," Michael will be honored at the organization's annual awards ceremony in March.

Michelle Buchanan named AAAS Fellow
— Michelle Buchanan, ORNL Associate Laboratory Director for Physical Sciences, has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) "for exceptional technical leadership and service in the chemical and physical sciences, and for contributions to setting the nation's research priorities.

 
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