ORNL and Shanghai Institute of Applied Physics Cooperate on Development of Salt-Cooled Reactors

Representatives from the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Shanghai Institute of Applied Physics are meeting at ORNL this week as part of an agreement between the two institutions to work together on the advancement of salt-cooled nuclear reactor technologies.

APLAIR Partners with ORNL to Commercialize Weld Inspection Technology

ORNL's infrared imaging system can help automakers quickly determine whether a weld is good or bad without damaging the part. The infrared check can be performed in a few seconds, offering industry a low-cost and non-destructive alternative to monitor welds in real time.

Bergan '15 Named Jefferson Prize Winner

Will Bergan '15 got hooked on physics in middle school. He's done research at two of the world's premier high-energy physics installations and is the recipient of the Thomas Jefferson Prize in Natural Philosophy, William & Mary's top honor for science and mathematics undergraduates.

Materials Science and Engineering's Zide Wins AVS Peter Mark Memorial Award

Joshua Zide, associate professor of materials science and engineering at the University of Delaware, has won the 2014 Peter Mark Memorial Award from American Vacuum Society, an interdisciplinary society for materials, interface and processing technology. The award recognizes an outstanding young researcher (35 or younger) who has contributed work to AVS publications.

SLAC's Peter Rowson Named American Physical Society Fellow

SLAC staff physicist Peter Rowson has been elected a fellow of the American Physical Society, the largest physics association in the world. APS confers this distinction on a small percentage of the society's membership; it is especially significant because it is a peer-nominated honor.

Fermilab Scientists Selected as 2014 APS Fellows

Last month, three Fermilab scientists were named fellows of the American Physical Society, a distinction awarded each year to no more than one-half of 1 percent of current APS members by their peers.

Albert Stebbins Receives 2014 Scientific Medal of the Institute of Astrophysics of Paris

Fermilab scientist Albert Stebbins was recently awarded the 2014 Scientific Medal of the Institute of Astrophysics of Paris.

PPPL's Popular Science Lecture Series Debuts Jan. 10 with New Name Honoring Long-Time Organizer

Announcement of start of 2015 Science on Saturday lecture series.

Manufacturing Serendipity

With $20 million in funding from UChicago's Innovation Fund, CIE draws together the research expertise of the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory and Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, engaging the Chicago market for the first time through office spaces in the hub.

Oak Ridge to Acquire Next Generation Supercomputer

The U.S. Department of Energy's Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility has signed a contract with IBM to bring a next-generation supercomputer to Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Combining 'Tinkertoy' Materials with Solar Cells for Increased Photovoltaic Efficiency

Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories have received a $1.2 million award from the U.S. Department of Energy's SunShot Initiative to develop a technique that they believe will significantly improve the efficiencies of photovoltaic materials and help make solar electricity cost-competitive with other sources of energy.

Skidmore College's Solar Array Completed, Generating Power

On a day that looked as if the sun might take time off, Skidmore College and community leaders gathered to celebrate the completion of Skidmore's solar array. The sun came out when the ribbon was cut.

Energy Department Supports Iowa State Studies of Concrete for Taller Wind Turbine Towers

A Department of Energy grant will allow Iowa State University's Sri Sritharan to continue to research and develop taller wind turbine towers made from high-strength concrete.

Carbon Sequestration Research Continues at Sandia Labs Under Energy Department Funds

Sandia researchers are sharing a four-year, $12 million Department of Energy research contract on the long-term geologic sequestration of carbon. The contract from the department's Office of Science funds research by the Center for Frontiers of Subsurface Energy Security.

High Flux Isotope Reactor Named Nuclear Historic Landmark

The High Flux Isotope Reactor, or HFIR, has been designated a Nuclear Historic Landmark by the American Nuclear Society.

Boise State University Energy Policy Institute Team Awarded International Atomic Energy Agency Contract

Researchers will develop a comprehensive decision framework for assessing the deployment of small and medium-sized nuclear reactors (SMRs).

CHORUS Looks Forward to Working with the Department of Energy to Advance Access to Research

The Department of Energy (DOE) announced that it will be collaborating with the Clearinghouse for the Open Research of the United States (CHORUS) as a component of its model for providing public access to peer-reviewed articles that report on DOE-funded research. CHORUS is a collaborative service developed by the not-for-profit organization CHOR, Inc. to provide easy public access to scholarly works.

Funding Renewed for Brookhaven's Center for Emergent Superconductivity

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced an extension of funding totaling $14 million over four years for the Center for Emergent Superconductivity, an Energy Frontier Research Center (EFRC) led by Brookhaven Lab with partners from the University of Illinois and Argonne National Laboratory.

Knoxville Startup Fiveworx Licenses ORNL Energy Analysis Tool

Knoxville-based Fiveworx has licensed a technology that will help consumers reduce their utility bills by analyzing their home energy usage.

Sustainable Energy Is Focus of Plenary Talks at American Chemical Society Meeting

Advances in renewable and sustainable energy, including mimicking photosynthesis and optimizing lithium-ion batteries, are the topics of three plenary talks at the 247th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society, the world's largest scientific society, taking place here through Thursday. The presentations will be held on Sunday, March 16, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Ballroom A of the Dallas Convention Center.

Missouri S&T Modular Reactor Consortium Funds Two Initiatives

Missouri's multi-university Small Modular Reactor (SMR) Research and Education Consortium, led by Missouri University of Science and Technology, has selected its first two research initiatives for funding.

New Research Facility Will Address Wind Farm Underperformance, Turbine-to-Turbine Interaction

Scaled Wind Farm Technology (SWiFT) is collaboration between Texas Tech National Wind Institute, Department of Energy, Sandia, Vestas and Group NIRE.

Energy Dept. Funds UW Project to Turn Wasted Natural Gas Into Diesel

The U.S. Department of Energy this month awarded a group led by the University of Washington $4 million to develop bacteria that can turn the methane in natural gas into diesel fuel for transportation.

GE Partners with Virginia Tech Engineers to Improve Wind Energy Efficiency

The Advanced Research Project Agency - Energy, an agency within the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), is funding a $3.7 million project proposed by GE that has partnered with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), along with members of Virginia Tech's Aerospace and Ocean Engineering Department. The goal is to develop wind turbine blades that produce power with higher efficiency and lower costs.

Grant to Help Develop Solar-Powered Charging Stations for Plug-in Vehicles

A foundation for engineering and construction firm Black & Veatch has awarded Kansas State University a $200,000 grant to help develop solar-powered charging stations for electric and hybrid vehicles.