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Rubber meets the road with new ORNL carbon, battery technologies
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Aug. 27, 2014 – Recycled tires could see new life in lithium-ion batteries that provide power to plug-in electric vehicles and store energy produced by wind and solar, say researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

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.

 
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Scientists learn to control reactions with the shape of a rare-earth catalyst
— Scientists at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have discovered they can control chemical reactions in a new way by creating different shapes of cerium oxide, a rare-earth-based catalyst. Their finding holds potential for refining fuels, decreasing vehicle emissions, producing commodity chemicals and advancing fuel cells and chemical sensors.

Scientists develop low-voltage water splitter that uses abundant materials
— In 2015, American consumers will finally be able to purchase fuel cell cars from Toyota and other manufacturers. Although touted as zero-emissions vehicles, most of the cars will run on hydrogen made from natural gas, a fossil fuel that contributes to global warming.

Scientific sabbatical
— If such a designation existed, Nazanin Bassiri-Gharb would be on the fast track to becoming an Oak Ridge National Laboratory “super user.

 
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Varela receives Microscopy's Burton Medal
— Maria Varela in the Materials Science and Technology Division's Scanning Transmission Electron Microscopy group received the Microscopy Society of America's Burton Medal for early career scientists.

Hispanic Engineers recognize Idrobo
— Juan Carlos Idrobo in the Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences' Microscopy Group has been recognized by the Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Award Corp. with the 2014 Outstanding Achievement Award for groundbreaking research in scanning transmission electron microscopy of 2D materials.

David Mullins Elected American Vacuum Society Fellow
— David Mullins of the Chemical Sciences Division was named a 2014 Fellow of the American Vacuum Society. David was honored for his contributions to surface science in the area of soft x-ray excited electron spectroscopy techniques and their use for the study of surface chemistry of adsorbed molecules and catalytic processes.

 
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