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  • Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker inspects the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, hosted by Craig Blue, IACMI’s chief executive officer. (Jason Richards photo).

    Commerce secretary praises manufacturing innovation at ORNL

    OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Aug. 28, 2015 -- Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker visited the new Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Manufacturing Demonstration Facility, praising the advances in manufacturing technology taking place in East Tennessee.

  • DOE event marks beginning of landmark ecosystem experiment

    Scientists are getting a glimpse of the future with a Department of Energy large-scale experiment designed to answer questions about how carbon-rich peatlands will respond to projected warming of the climate and increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide.

  • Material dissolved in the liquid at the port tip is immediately transported into the mass spectrometer, ionized, detected and characterized.

    ORNL chemical sampling interface features simplicity, speed

    In mere seconds, a system developed at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory can identify and characterize a solid or liquid sample, providing a valuable tool with applications in material science, forensics, pharmaceuticals, biology and chemistry.

  • A new study published in Nature reassesses China’s carbon emissions from fossil fuels and cement production. Image credit - iStockphoto

    Carbon number crunching

    A booming economy and population led China to emerge in 2006 as the global leader in fossil-fuel carbon emissions, a distinction it still maintains. But exactly how much carbon China releases has been a topic of debate, with recent estimates varying by as much as 15 percent.

  • The Neutron Sciences Directorate’s two most recent distinguished fellows, Panchao Yin (left) and Bianca Haberl (below), are making major contributions to their respective fields. Image credit - Genevieve Martin

    Never Done If Not For Neutrons

    For early career researchers, a fellowship can be a valuable foot in the door, exposing them to the opportunity to gain experience in areas of science and technology of national importance.

  • Viral Comparisons

    Viruses are tiny—merely millionths of a millimeter in diameter—but what they lack in size, they make up in quantity.  

  • Beth Papanek, working with nutrients for bacterial growth, and Adam Guss are among the ORNL authors of a paper published in Metabolic Engineering.

    BESC creates microbe that bolsters isobutanol production

    Another barrier to commercially viable biofuels from sources other than corn has fallen with the engineering of a microbe that improves isobutanol yields by a factor of 10.

  • The “Big, Deep and Smart Data Analytics in Materials Imaging” workshop

    Eyes on the Prize

    In the Stone, Bronze and Iron Ages, the state of the art of materials science defined technology’s zenith and accelerated economies.

  • Chemistry - Mining nature for pharmaceuticals

    Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers have invented an automated droplet-based sampling probe system that scientists at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro are using for quick identification of bioactive compounds in fungi.

  • New ORNL hybrid microscope offers unparalleled capabilities

    A microscope being developed at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory will allow scientists studying biological and synthetic materials to simultaneously observe chemical and physical properties on and beneath the surface.

  • Critical Materials Institute rare-earth recycling invention licensed to U.S Rare Earths

    A new technology developed by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Critical Materials Institute that aids in the recycling, recovery and extraction of rare earth minerals has been licensed to U.S. Rare Earths, Inc.

  • Preston to receive AGU's Falkenberg Award

    Climate researcher Benjamin Preston of the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory has been named to receive the American Geophysical Union's 2015 Charles S. Falkenberg Award.

  • Cybersecurity - Piranha nets honor

    Piranha, an award-winning intelligent agent-based technology to analyze text data with unprecedented speed and accuracy, will be showcased at the Smithsonian’s Innovation Festival Sept. 26-27.

  • Supercomputing - Turbocharging materials research

    Lightweight powertrain materials could play a hefty role in helping automakers meet stricter Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s supercomputer could accelerate their deployment.

  • Energy - Switchgrass to hydrogen

    Biorefineries could benefit from a new process developed at Oak Ridge National Laboratory that produces hydrogen from plant sources such as switchgrass. The method converts biomass waste streams into hydrogen through heating and processing in microbe-based electrochemical cells.

  • Materials - Machine learning and microscopy

    A new technique developed by microscopy and computing experts at Oak Ridge National Laboratory could accelerate advances in materials science and engineering. The team’s approach combines high-performance computing and machine learning algorithms to analyze atomic-scale images and videos from electron and scanning probe microscopes.

  • Developed by Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers, CIRFT bends and vibrates used nuclear fuel rod segments to test the impact of normal traveling conditions—before the fuel rods ever leave the premises.

    Rigors of the road: ORNL invention will support licensing and transport of spent nuclear fuel

    Moving rods of spent nuclear fuel (SNF) to interim storage or a geologic repository requires road or rail travel. Although a heavy shielding cask protects the rods, long distance transportation subjects SNF to vibrations, sudden movements and other potentially agitating forces.

  • Oak Ridge National Laboratory employees view the exhibits during the July 27 ORNL United Way Agency Fair.

    ORNL kicks off 2015 United Way campaign with agency fair

    The Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory kicked off its 2015 United Way campaign with an agency fair displaying services United Way organizations provide to East Tennesseans.

    Jeff Smith, ORNL’s deputy director for operations, said ORNL is one of the largest contributors to United Way in the area.

  • Kalinin named fellow of AVS professional society

    Sergei Kalinin, a researcher in the Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, has been named a fellow of AVS.

  • Complex, scalable arrays of semiconductor heterojunctions—promising building blocks for future electronics.

    ORNL researchers make scalable arrays of building blocks for ultrathin electronics

    Semiconductors, metals and insulators must be integrated to make the transistors that are the electronic building blocks of your smartphone, computer and other microchip-enabled devices. Today’s transistors are miniscule—a mere 10 nanometers wide—and formed from three-dimensional (3D) crystals.

  • Energy - Samsung Savings

    Although variable refrigerant flow heat pumps are known to have advantages, higher initial costs and difficulty in quantifying those benefits serve as deterrents to their widespread use. ORNL’s flexible research platform, however, provides a solution that enables researchers to characterize real-world performance.

  • Vehicles - New catalyst looms big

    Gains in engine efficiency are often accompanied by emissions challenges, but a catalyst developed by Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers could provide a solution.

  • Climate - Energy data portal

    A new addition to, home of the U.S. government’s open data, focuses on the connection between climate change and the nation’s energy infrastructure.

  • Materials - Cleaner crude

    Crude oil refinement can be an extremely costly chemical process.

  • Small businesses can gain access to ORNL resources such as the Manufacturing Demonstration Facility through a new Department of Energy voucher pilot.

    New pilot helps small businesses tap ORNL expertise

    Small companies in the advanced manufacturing, transportation and building sectors have a new opportunity to partner with the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory.