ORNL signs agreement with Whirlpool Corp. to develop new energy-efficient refrigerator
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., February 25, 2015—The Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Whirlpool Corporation are collaborating to design a refrigerator that could cut energy use by up to 40 percent compared with current models.
ORNL’s Roberto named MRS Fellow
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., February 11, 2015 – James Roberto, the associate laboratory director for Science and Technology Partnerships at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, has been elected a fellow of the Materials Research Society (MRS).
Fellows of MRS are selected for internationally recognized contributions that advance materials research.
Girl Scouts USA CEO visits ORNL to discuss STEM programs
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Feb. 3, 2015 – Girl Scouts of the USA Chief Executive Officer Anna Maria Chavez visited the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory to learn about its efforts on behalf of science, technology, engineering and math education (STEM) programs and how they can be incorporated into the Girl Scouts national program.
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.
ORNL model explores location of future U.S. population growth
OAK RIDGE, Tenn. Jan. 20, 2015—Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have developed a population distribution model that provides unprecedented county-level predictions of where people will live in the U.S. in the coming decades.
R&K Cyber Solutions licenses ORNL malware detection technology
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Jan. 16, 2015—Washington, D.C.-based R&K Cyber Solutions LLC (R&K) has licensed Hyperion, a cyber security technology from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory that can quickly recognize malicious software even if the specific program has not been previously identified as a threat.
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.
3-D printed Shelby Cobra highlights ORNL R&D at Detroit Auto Show
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Jan. 12, 2014—With a 3-D printed twist on an automotive icon, the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory is showcasing additive manufacturing research at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
Paul Langan to lead ORNL's Neutron Sciences Directorate
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Dec. 19, 2014 – Paul Langan, a senior scientist and distinguished research staff member at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, has been named ORNL's Associate Laboratory Director (ALD) for Neutron 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.
ORNL researchers Buchanan, Liang, Mayes named AAAS fellows
OAK RIDGE, Tenn. Nov. 24, 2014 – Three staff members from the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have been named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for scientific contributions that range from administrative leadership to discoveries in the environmental sciences.
Oak Ridge to acquire next generation supercomputer
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Nov. 14, 2014—The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF) has signed a contract with IBM to bring a next-generation supercomputer to Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).
Protopopescu, Kwon receive top honors at UT-Battelle’s 2014 Awards Night
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Nov. 7, 2014 – Vladimir A. Protopopescu of Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Computational Sciences and Engineering Division has earned the ORNL Director’s Award for Outstanding Individual Accomplishment in Science and Technology.
ORNL materials researchers get first look at atom-thin boundaries
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Nov. 10, 2014—Scientists at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have made the first direct observations of a one-dimensional boundary separating two different, atom-thin materials, enabling studies of long-theorized phenomena at these interfaces.
Good vibrations give electrons excitations that rock an insulator to go metallic
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Nov. 10, 2014—For more than 50 years, scientists have debated what turns particular oxide insulators, in which electrons barely move, into metals, in which electrons flow freely. Some scientists sided with Nobel Prize–winning physicist Nevill Mott in thinking direct interactions between electrons were the key.
ORNL thermomagnetic processing method provides path to new materials
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Nov. 6, 2014 – For much the same reason LCD televisions offer eye-popping performance, a thermomagnetic processing method developed at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory can advance the performance of polymers.
ORNL technology transfer continues strong upward trend
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Oct. 29, 2014 – New methods are improving connections between private businesses and technology from the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, with 101 licenses and options executed during the last three years.
Super stable garnet ceramics may be ideal for high-energy lithium batteries
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Oct. 21, 2014—Scientists at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have discovered exceptional properties in a garnet material that could enable development of higher-energy battery designs.
Simpson named new JIBS director
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Oct. 21, 2014 – Dr. Michael Simpson, Oak Ridge National Laboratory Corporate Fellow and Group Leader of the Nanofabrication Research Laboratory Group in the Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences (CNMS) at ORNL, has been appointed the next director of the UT-ORNL Joint Institute for Biological Sciences (JIBS). This appointment is in addition to his role at CNMS.
ORNL’s Urban Dynamics Institute joins global fight against polio
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Oct. 16, 2014 – The new Urban Dynamics Institute at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory is working with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to aid polio vaccination efforts in developing countries.
ORNL research reveals unique capabilities of 3-D printing
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Oct. 15, 2014—Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have demonstrated an additive manufacturing method to control the structure and properties of metal components with precision unmatched by conventional manufacturing processes.
New ORNL electric vehicle technology packs more punch in smaller package
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Oct. 14, 2014 – Using 3-D printing and novel semiconductors, researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have created a power inverter that could make electric vehicles lighter, more powerful and more efficient.
ORNL researchers make first observation of atoms moving inside bulk material
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Oct. 13, 2014 – Researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have obtained the first direct observations of atomic diffusion inside a bulk material.
High Flux Isotope Reactor named Nuclear Historic Landmark
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Sept. 11, 2014 – The High Flux Isotope Reactor, or HFIR, now in its 48th year of providing neutrons for research and isotope production at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, has been designated a Nuclear Historic Landmark by the American Nuclear Society (ANS).
ORNL welcomes first Liane Russell fellows
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Aug. 29, 2014 – Renowned mammalian geneticist Liane Russell returned Thursday to the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory to congratulate the first recipients of a new fellowship named in her honor.