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Newswise: New manufacturing process produces better, cheaper cathodes for lithium-ion batteries
Released: 5-Dec-2022 12:35 PM EST
New manufacturing process produces better, cheaper cathodes for lithium-ion batteries
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Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have developed a new method for producing a key component of lithium-ion batteries. The result is a more affordable battery from a faster, less wasteful process that uses less toxic material.

Newswise: Researchers use blockchain to increase electric grid resiliency
Released: 22-Nov-2022 3:05 PM EST
Researchers use blockchain to increase electric grid resiliency
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Although blockchain is best known for securing digital currency payments, researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory are using it to track a different kind of exchange: It’s the first time blockchain has ever been used to validate communication among devices on the electric grid.

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Released: 18-Nov-2022 9:45 AM EST
Liquid-to-solid battery electrolyte technology licensed exclusively to Safire
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The Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory has exclusively licensed battery electrolyte technology to Safire Technology Group. The collection of five patented technologies are designed for a drop-in additive for lithium-ion batteries that prevents explosions and fire from impact.

   
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Released: 17-Nov-2022 2:15 PM EST
Story tips: Genetic markers for autism, hiding in plain sight; Recyclable composites help drive net-zero goal; Evaluating buildings in real time; Nanoreactor grows hydrogen-storage crystals
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Genetic markers for autism, hiding in plain sight; Recyclable composites help drive net-zero goal; Evaluating buildings in real time; Nanoreactor grows hydrogen-storage crystals

   
Newswise: Oak Ridge, Argonne national laboratories collaborate with Wabtec on hydrogen-powered trains to decarbonize rail industry
Released: 10-Nov-2022 10:05 AM EST
Oak Ridge, Argonne national laboratories collaborate with Wabtec on hydrogen-powered trains to decarbonize rail industry
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

As the United States shifts away from fossil-fuel-burning cars and trucks, scientists at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge and Argonne national laboratories are exploring options for another form of transportation: trains. The research focuses on zero-carbon hydrogen and other low-carbon fuels as viable alternatives to diesel for the rail industry.

Newswise: Deep Learning Underlies Geographic Dataset Used in Hurricane Response
Released: 1-Nov-2022 12:50 PM EDT
Deep Learning Underlies Geographic Dataset Used in Hurricane Response
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Over the past seven years, researchers in ORNL’s Geospatial Science and Human Security Division have mapped and characterized all structures within the United States and its territories to aid FEMA in its response to disasters.

Newswise: ORNL’s Vasudevan elected Fellow of the American Physical Society
Released: 31-Oct-2022 12:05 PM EDT
ORNL’s Vasudevan elected Fellow of the American Physical Society
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Rama Vasudevan, a research scientist at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, has been elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society, or APS.

Newswise: ORNL’s Sheng Dai named Office of Science Distinguished Scientist Fellow
Released: 31-Oct-2022 12:05 PM EDT
ORNL’s Sheng Dai named Office of Science Distinguished Scientist Fellow
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Sheng Dai, a Corporate Fellow and section head at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, has been selected by the DOE Office of Science as a 2023 Distinguished Scientist Fellow.

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Released: 24-Oct-2022 8:05 PM EDT
Energy Secretary Breaks Ground on New Isotope Facility at ORNL
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U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm visited Oak Ridge National Laboratory to attend a groundbreaking ceremony for the U.S. Stable Isotope Production and Research Center. The facility is slated to receive $75 million in funding from the Inflation Reduction Act. The facility on ORNL’s main campus will produce stable isotopes on a large scale, meeting the nation’s increasing demands for isotopes needed in medicine, industry, science and national security.

Newswise: Racing Company Licenses Innovative ORNL Fast-Charging Battery Technologies
Released: 20-Oct-2022 2:30 PM EDT
Racing Company Licenses Innovative ORNL Fast-Charging Battery Technologies
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Marc-Antoni Racing has licensed a collection of patented energy storage technologies developed at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The technologies focus on components that enable fast-charging, energy-dense batteries for electric and hybrid vehicles and grid storage.

   
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Released: 14-Oct-2022 10:05 AM EDT
Deep learning makes X-ray CT inspection of 3D-printed parts faster, more accurate
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

A new deep-learning framework developed at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory is speeding up the process of inspecting additively manufactured metal parts using X-ray computed tomography, or CT, while increasing the accuracy of the results. The reduced costs for time, labor, maintenance and energy are expected to accelerate expansion of additive manufacturing, or 3D printing.

Newswise: Bringing custom microbes to the business of recycling plastic
Released: 14-Oct-2022 8:00 AM EDT
Bringing custom microbes to the business of recycling plastic
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Scientists working on a solution for plastic waste have developed a two-step chemical and biological process to break down and upcycle mixed plastics into valuable bioproducts.

Newswise: New measurements quantifying qudits provide glimpse of quantum future
Released: 13-Oct-2022 12:45 PM EDT
New measurements quantifying qudits provide glimpse of quantum future
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Using existing experimental and computational resources, a multi-institutional team has developed an effective method for measuring high-dimensional qudits encoded in quantum frequency combs, which are a type of photon source, on a single optical chip.

Newswise: Story tips: Reducing molten salt’s corrosive effect. VERIFI-ing and tracking carbon’s big footprint. Moss genome study identifies two new species. Ultrasound for battery health.
Released: 6-Oct-2022 4:05 PM EDT
Story tips: Reducing molten salt’s corrosive effect. VERIFI-ing and tracking carbon’s big footprint. Moss genome study identifies two new species. Ultrasound for battery health.
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Story tips from Oak Ridge National Laboratory including reducing molten salt’s corrosive effect, VERIFI-ing and tracking carbon’s big footprint, moss genome study identifies two new species and ultrasound for battery health.

Newswise: Earth System Grid Federation launches effort to upgrade climate projection data system
Released: 5-Oct-2022 3:15 PM EDT
Earth System Grid Federation launches effort to upgrade climate projection data system
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

The Earth System Grid Federation, a multi-agency initiative that gathers and distributes data for top-tier projections of the Earth’s climate, is preparing a series of upgrades that will make using the data easier and faster while improving how the information is curated.

Newswise: Scientists develop tech to manage two-way power flow to commercial buildings
Released: 28-Sep-2022 12:05 PM EDT
Scientists develop tech to manage two-way power flow to commercial buildings
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory recently demonstrated a new technology to better control how power flows to and from commercial buildings equipped with solar, wind or other renewable energy generation.

Newswise: Taking it to the streets: ORNL models climate solutions for U.S. cities
Released: 27-Sep-2022 3:05 PM EDT
Taking it to the streets: ORNL models climate solutions for U.S. cities
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers are deploying their broad expertise in climate data and modeling to create science-based mitigation strategies for cities stressed by climate change as part of two U.S. Department of Energy Urban Integrated Field Laboratory projects.

Newswise: Gang Seob “GS” Jung: Solving scientific puzzles using computational models
Released: 26-Sep-2022 9:40 AM EDT
Gang Seob “GS” Jung: Solving scientific puzzles using computational models
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Jung, a member of the Computing and Computational Sciences Directorate at ORNL, is using his fellowship to develop essential tools of multiscale models for universal materials. He is interested in modeling materials using computational science to help develop new technology for new materials.

Newswise: New report ensures hydropower sustainability amid climate change
Released: 23-Sep-2022 11:05 AM EDT
New report ensures hydropower sustainability amid climate change
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory has provided hydropower operators with new data to better prepare for extreme weather events and shifts in seasonal energy demands caused by climate change.

Newswise: Industry partners use ORNL software tool to trim carbon footprint of buildings
Released: 20-Sep-2022 2:30 PM EDT
Industry partners use ORNL software tool to trim carbon footprint of buildings
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Two years after the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory provided a model of every building in America, commercial partners are using the tool for tasks ranging from designing energy-efficient buildings and cities to relating energy efficiency to real estate value and risk. International companies like Google and SmithGroup are sharing the benefits by making the resulting data publicly available.

Newswise: Lab experiments support COVID-19 bradykinin storm theory
Released: 16-Sep-2022 11:05 AM EDT
Lab experiments support COVID-19 bradykinin storm theory
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

A new paper published in Nature Communications adds further evidence to the bradykinin storm theory of COVID-19’s viral pathogenesis — a theory that was posited two years ago by a team of researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

   
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Released: 13-Sep-2022 9:45 AM EDT
Investigación de ORNL maximiza la operación resiliente de microrredes en Puerto Rico
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Los científicos del Laboratorio Nacional Oak Ridge, en colaboración con múltiples universidades, ONGs y organizaciones locales, están investigando como las microrredes pueden proporcionar electricidad más asequible, confiable y sostenible a comunidades históricamente desatendidas en Puerto Rico. En este proyecto, ORNL está desarrollando un control que permite operar un grupo de microrredes en un clúster, lo cual mejora la resiliencia en su operación inclusive cuando parte de la microrred está afectada por un desastre natural.

Newswise: ORNL research to bring more reliable electricity to Puerto Rican microgrids
Released: 12-Sep-2022 1:05 PM EDT
ORNL research to bring more reliable electricity to Puerto Rican microgrids
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

To provide more affordable, reliable and sustainable electricity to underserved communities like these, scientists from the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory are partnering with local organizations, nonprofits and universities to build resilience into independent microgrids powered by renewable energy. ORNL is developing a technology that will manage groups of small microgrids as a cluster, enhancing their reliability even when damaged.

Newswise: ORNL to lead new center on polymer electrolytes for energy storage
Released: 1-Sep-2022 11:05 AM EDT
ORNL to lead new center on polymer electrolytes for energy storage
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

The Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory has been selected to lead an Energy Frontier Research Center, or EFRC, focused on polymer electrolytes for next-generation energy storage devices such as fuel cells and solid-state electric vehicle batteries.

Newswise: Five ORNL technologies identified for investment toward commercialization
Released: 29-Aug-2022 7:05 PM EDT
Five ORNL technologies identified for investment toward commercialization
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Five technologies invented by scientists at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have been selected for targeted investment through ORNL’s Technology Innovation Program.

Newswise: Libby Johnson: On the frontier for nuclear safety
Released: 29-Aug-2022 7:05 AM EDT
Libby Johnson: On the frontier for nuclear safety
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Oak Ridge National Laboratory physicist Elizabeth “Libby” Johnson (1921-1996), one of the world’s first nuclear reactor operators, standardized the field of criticality safety with peers from ORNL and Los Alamos National Laboratory. Her work came on the heels of two incidents involving nuclear materials that took the lives of two government researchers at the end of the Manhattan Project.

Newswise: Seven ORNL technologies win R&D 100 research awards
Released: 25-Aug-2022 6:05 PM EDT
Seven ORNL technologies win R&D 100 research awards
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Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory and their technologies have received seven 2022 R&D 100 Awards, plus special recognition for a battery-related green technology product.

Newswise: Unearthing the secrets of plant health, carbon storage with rhizosphere-on-a-chip
Released: 23-Aug-2022 1:25 PM EDT
Unearthing the secrets of plant health, carbon storage with rhizosphere-on-a-chip
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Scientists at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have created a miniaturized environment to study the ecosystem around poplar tree roots for insights into plant health and soil carbon sequestration.

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Released: 15-Aug-2022 1:40 PM EDT
Sensor Research Helps Fight Wildfires
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

As climate change leads to larger and more frequent wildfires, researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory are using sensors, drones and machine learning to both prevent fires and reduce their damage to the electric grid. Engineers are honing technology to remotely sense electrical arcing and faulty equipment, as well as the direction of spreading fires.

Released: 1-Aug-2022 1:05 PM EDT
Story tips: Drought-resistant crops, hydropower, AI for atomic measurement, controlling refrigerants and recycling e-waste
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Story tips: Drought-resistant crops, hydropower, AI for atomic measurement, controlling refrigerants and recycling e-waste

Newswise: Data science teams analyzed COVID-19 data for early pandemic response
Released: 28-Jul-2022 4:20 PM EDT
Data science teams analyzed COVID-19 data for early pandemic response
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

ORNL researchers used two different methods to compile data from the COVID-19 response to give decision-makers an informed perspective on what was going on in locations around the country.

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Released: 27-Jul-2022 4:05 PM EDT
Magnetic quantum material broadens platform for probing next-gen information technologies
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory used neutron scattering to find the first 2D system to host a spiral spin liquid.

Newswise: Adsorbent material filters toxic chromium, arsenic from water supplies
Released: 26-Jul-2022 1:05 PM EDT
Adsorbent material filters toxic chromium, arsenic from water supplies
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory are tackling a global water challenge with a unique material designed to target not one, but two toxic, heavy metal pollutants for simultaneous removal.

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Released: 21-Jul-2022 12:50 PM EDT
ORNL welcomes sixth cohort of Innovation Crossroads clean energy entrepreneurs
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Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Innovation Crossroads program welcomes six new science and technology innovators from across the United States to its sixth cohort. As the Southeast’s only research and development program for entrepreneurs based at a U.S. Department of Energy national laboratory, Innovation Crossroads provides unique support to science-based startups to help advance game-changing technologies from the laboratory to the marketplace.

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Released: 20-Jul-2022 2:25 PM EDT
ORNL welcomes sixth cohort of Innovation Crossroads clean energy entrepreneurs
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Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Innovation Crossroads program welcomes six new science and technology innovators from across the United States to its sixth cohort.

Newswise: ORNL’s Maldonado receives 2022 ASME Old Guard Early Career Award
Released: 7-Jul-2022 12:05 PM EDT
ORNL’s Maldonado receives 2022 ASME Old Guard Early Career Award
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

The American Society of Mechanical Engineers, or ASME, selected Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) researcher Bryan Maldonado for the 2022 Old Guard Early Career Award. He was recognized for exceptional service to ASME activities including science and engineering student mentorship.

Newswise: ORNL’s Wagner, Curran elevated to Senior Members of IEEE
Released: 7-Jul-2022 9:00 AM EDT
ORNL’s Wagner, Curran elevated to Senior Members of IEEE
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Two Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers have been elevated to the grade of senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Robert Wagner, division director for the Building Transportation Science Division, and Scott Curran, group leader for Fuel Science and Engine Technologies Research, earned the recognition for making significant contributions to the engineering field.

Newswise: ORNL’s Ozpineci selected for Nagamori Award
Released: 6-Jul-2022 12:40 PM EDT
ORNL’s Ozpineci selected for Nagamori Award
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Burak Ozpineci, a Corporate Fellow and section head for Vehicle and Mobility Systems Research at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, is one of six international recipients of the eighth Nagamori Award chosen annually by the Nagamori Foundation based in Kyoto, Japan. The honor recognizes outstanding researchers and engineers working in electric motors, motor drives and related fields.

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Released: 6-Jul-2022 10:05 AM EDT
Story Tips: Split-Second Leak Detection, Serendipitous Silicon and Retrofitting Untapped Dams
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ORNL Story tips: Split-second leak detection, serendipitous silicon and retrofitting untapped dams

Newswise: Scientists Discover Cancer Trigger That Could Spur Targeted Drug Therapies
Released: 5-Jul-2022 11:00 AM EDT
Scientists Discover Cancer Trigger That Could Spur Targeted Drug Therapies
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have definitively linked the function of a specific domain of proteins important in plant-microbe biology to a cancer trigger in humans, knowledge that had eluded scientists for decades.

   
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Released: 30-Jun-2022 3:05 PM EDT
Found: The ‘Holy Grail of Catalysis’ — Turning Methane Into Methanol Under Ambient Conditions Using Light
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

An international team of researchers, led by scientists at the University of Manchester, has developed a fast and economical method of converting methane, or natural gas, into liquid methanol at ambient temperature and pressure. The method takes place under continuous flow over a photo-catalytic material using visible light to drive the conversion. To help observe how the process works and how selective it is, the researchers used neutron scattering at the VISION instrument at Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Spallation Neutron Source.

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Released: 28-Jun-2022 4:00 PM EDT
Physicists Confront the Neutron Lifetime Puzzle
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To solve a long-standing puzzle about how long a neutron can “live” outside an atomic nucleus, physicists entertained a wild but testable theory positing the existence of a right-handed version of our left-handed universe.

Newswise: Closed-Loop Additive Manufacturing Fueled by Upcycled Plastic
Released: 13-Jun-2022 1:10 PM EDT
Closed-Loop Additive Manufacturing Fueled by Upcycled Plastic
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have developed an upcycling approach that adds value to discarded plastics for reuse in additive manufacturing, or 3D printing. The readily adoptable, scalable method introduces a closed-loop strategy that could globally reduce plastic waste and cut carbon emissions tied to plastic production.

Newswise: Kothe Named Associate Laboratory Director for Computing and Computational Sciences
Released: 10-Jun-2022 11:30 AM EDT
Kothe Named Associate Laboratory Director for Computing and Computational Sciences
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Doug Kothe has been named associate laboratory director for the Computing and Computational Sciences Directorate at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, effective June 6.

Newswise: Microbes Enhance Resilience of Carbon-Rich Peatlands to Warming
Released: 9-Jun-2022 8:05 PM EDT
Microbes Enhance Resilience of Carbon-Rich Peatlands to Warming
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Scientists at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory discovered that certain bacteria increase the climate resilience of Sphagnum moss, the tiny plant responsible for storing a third of the world’s soil carbon in peat bogs.

Newswise: Three ORNL Scientists to Receive DOE Early Career Research Awards
Released: 9-Jun-2022 1:05 PM EDT
Three ORNL Scientists to Receive DOE Early Career Research Awards
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

The Department of Energy’s Office of Science has selected three Oak Ridge National Laboratory scientists for Early Career Research Program awards.

Newswise: Evasive quantum phenomenon makes debut in routine tabletop experiment
Released: 8-Jun-2022 4:15 PM EDT
Evasive quantum phenomenon makes debut in routine tabletop experiment
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

A Quantum Science Center-supported team has captured the first-ever appearance of a previously undetectable quantum excitation known as the axial Higgs mode.

Newswise: International Team Visualizes Properties of Plant Cell Walls at Nanoscale
Released: 7-Jun-2022 4:05 PM EDT
International Team Visualizes Properties of Plant Cell Walls at Nanoscale
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

To optimize biomaterials for reliable, cost-effective paper production, building construction, and biofuel development, researchers often study the structure of plant cells using techniques such as freezing plant samples or placing them in a vacuum. These methods provide valuable data but often cause permanent damage to the samples.

Newswise: ARM Plans Upgrades as It Marks 30 Years of Collecting Atmospheric Data
Released: 7-Jun-2022 3:05 PM EDT
ARM Plans Upgrades as It Marks 30 Years of Collecting Atmospheric Data
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

As the Department of Energy’s Atmospheric Radiation Measurement user facility marks 30 years of collecting continuous measurements of the Earth’s atmosphere this year, the ARM Data Center at Oak Ridge National Laboratory is shepherding changes to its operations to make the treasure trove of data more easily accessible and useful to scientists studying Earth’s climate around the world.


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