Simpson named new JIBS director
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.
Vertimass licenses ORNL biofuel-to-hydrocarbon conversion technology
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., March 6, 2014 — Vertimass LLC, a California-based start-up company, has licensed an Oak Ridge National Laboratory technology that directly converts ethanol into a hydrocarbon blend-stock for use in transportation fuels.
Bioenergy expert Ragauskas named UT-ORNL Governor’s Chair
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Feb. 21, 2014 — Arthur Ragauskas, an authority in bioenergy, has been named a University of Tennessee–Oak Ridge National Laboratory Governor’s Chair.
ORNL's Keller, Babu, Hazen elected AAAS fellows
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Nov. 25, 2013 -- The associate laboratory director for Energy and Environmental Sciences (EES) at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory and two University of Tennessee-ORNL Governor’s Chair researchers are among the newly elected fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
Tree roots and their microbial partners may provide answers to productivity
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Nov. 13, 2013 – The ability to make plants grow stronger and more quickly is a key goal in the effort to develop better biofuels and better understand plant efficiency. Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have gone straight to the roots to understand microbes that may play a role in reaching that goal.
ORNL study uses neutron scattering, supercomputing to demystify forces at play in biofuel production
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Nov. 13, 2013 — Researchers studying more effective ways to convert woody plant matter into biofuels at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have identified fundamental forces that change plant structures during pretreatment processes used in the production of bioenergy.
Toxic methylmercury-producing microbes more widespread than realized
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Sept. 12, 2013 — Microbes that live in rice paddies, northern peat bogs and other previously unexpected environments are among the bacteria that can generate highly toxic methylmercury, researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center have learned.
ORNL research reveals new challenges for mercury cleanup
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Aug. 5, 2013 — More forms of mercury can be converted to deadly methylmercury than previously thought, according to a study published Sunday in Nature Geoscience. The discovery provides scientists with another piece of the mercury puzzle, bringing them one step closer to understanding the challenges associated with mercury cleanup.