Energy Frontier Research Centers

Advanced Materials research at ORNL is home to two Department of Energy-Office of Basic Energy Sciences' Energy Frontier Research Centers, the Fluid Interface Reaction, Structure, and Transport Center (FIRST), which focuses on understanding interfacial processes critical to electrical energy storage and catalysis, and the Center for Defect Physics, (CDP) which aims to develop a quantitative understanding of the mechanisms of defect formation, evolution and interactions that determine material behavior under irradiation.

The Energy Frontier Research Centers program aims to accelerate such transformative discovery, combining the talents and creativity of our national scientific workforce with a powerful new generation of tools for penetrating, understanding, and manipulating matter on the atomic and molecular scales.

Find out more about these two Centers at:

Research Highlights

World's Thinnest Proton Channel

Graphene is a single-atom thin 2-dimensional array of carbon atoms that represents a barrier that is impenetrable even to protons unless graphene membrane has macroscopic holes.

But now, a FIRST EFRC team combined the latest synthesis, computational, microscopy, and laser...