Invention to Innovation Webinar Series

Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) has a portfolio of more than 800 inventions in topics ranging from advanced materials to analytical instrumentation to energy and utilities.  This webinar series provides overviews of sectors of the ORNL invention portfolio and highlights of specific commercial opportunities approaching market readiness.  Each webinar concludes with a roundtable session for Q&A and market feedback. 

The webinar series is free, but space is limited and registration is required.

Complete webinar schedule here.  |  Register here

June 4, 2014

Technology Opportunities in ORNL Instrumentation, Sensors and Detectors
Featured Technology:  Smart Smoke Detector

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Mike Paulus, PhD, Director, Technology Transfer
Bruce Warmack, PhD, Senior Staff Scientist, Electrical and Electronics Systems Research Division

June 25, 2014

Technology Opportunities in Manufacturing Systems
Featured Technology: Lignin-derived High Performance Plastics

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Dan Miller, Manager, Industrial and Economic Development Partnerships
Amit Naskar, PhD, Group Leader, Carbon and Composites Group

July 16, 2014

Technology Opportunities in Energy, Utilities, and Transportation
Featured Technology: Cast Alumina Forming Austenitic Stainless Steels

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Alex DeTrana, Senior Commercialization Manager
G. Muralidharan, Senior Staff Scientest

August 7, 2014

Technology Opportunities in Energy, Utilities, and Transportation
Featured Technology: Low-Cost Carbon Black Composite Anode for Lithium Ion Batteries

Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) ORNL is one of the world’s premier centers for R&D on energy production, distribution, and use and on the effects of energy technologies and decisions on society.  Clean, efficient, safe production and use of energy have long been our goals in research and development.  At ORNL, unique facilities for energy-related R&D are used both for technology development and for fundamental investigations in the basic energy sciences that underpin the technology work.

One area of research is to create novel materials and systems for electrical energy storage, including a new process to generate carbon black that can be used in a variety of applications such as batteries.  ORNL researchers have developed a process to recover carbon black composites from powdered tire rubber.  In 2003 nearly 290 million scrap tires were generated in the United States; almost 80% of those waste rubber tires are recycled for various uses.  The waste tire rubber is usually cryogenically pulverized into micron-sized rubber particles or ground into a powder for use as filler in various low-cost rubber or plastic products.

The ORNL process digests the powdered tire rubber in a hot oleum bath before pyrolysis yields sulfonated rubber powder.  When the recovered hard carbons are treated properly before or during carbonization, they can yield very high surface area pyrolytic carbon black composites.  To avoid potential impurities such as metal particles in the carbon powder, the powdered rubber can be washed with an acid solution during the recovery process.  This carbon black-containing material can be incorporated in various applications including support systems for catalysts, water filtration, and incorporated in lithium ion batteries, supercapacitors, and sodium ion batteries 


Jen Caldwell, Group Leader, Technology Commercialization
Parans Paranthaman, Distinguished Research Staff and Group Leader, Materials Chemistry Group 

September 3, 2014

Technology Opportunities in Information Technology, Security and Defense Portfolios
Featured Technology: Interactive Visual Text Analytics for Situational Awarness of Social Media


David Sims, Senior Commercialization Manager
Chad Steed, Research Scientist

September 24, 2014

Technology Opportunities in Healthcare and Biology Portfolios
Featured Technology: Microbial Electrolysis for Renewable Hydrogen


Partnerships Staff
Abhijeet Borole, Senior Research Scientist


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