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As the largest multiprogram science and engineering laboratory of the US Department of Energy, Oak Ridge National Laboratory is engaged in a wide range of activities that support DOE’s mission: ensuring America’s security and prosperity by addressing its energy, environmental, and nuclear challenges through transformative science and technology solutions. To execute these activities, ORNL integrates and applies knowledge in a wide set of scientific disciplines such as materials science, physics, biology, chemistry, and engineering. Teams of experts tackle compelling national problems and also design, build, and operate powerful scientific facilities.

These resources enable the lab to tackle an exceptionally wide range of R&D assignments, from fundamental nuclear physics to applied R&D on advanced energy systems. In addition, ORNL has a well-deserved reputation for combining insights from fundamental science with an in-depth technical understanding of applied systems to deliver practical solutions to real-world problems. ORNL aggressively pursues opportunities to put these solutions to work, often  collaborating with industry to accelerate their deployment by the private sector.



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