ORNL in the News

Governor's Chair Vaidya Named Composites Person of the Year

(Tennessee Today) When UT and Oak Ridge National Laboratory welcomed Uday Vaidya as a Governor’s Chair in 2015 they felt they were getting one of the top composites experts in the field. Now it’s official...10/12

Oak Ridge National Laboratory opening one-of-a-kind office in Chattanooga

(Times Free Press) The once-secret city of Oak Ridge, home to the Department of Energy's largest national laboratory, is strengthening its link with Chattanooga with the opening today of an office at EPB...10/20

Carbon Dioxide to Ethanol?

(Electronics 360) Carbon dioxide may be history soon. A group of researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory have developed a method to get rid of it. Better, they found a way to convert carbon dioxide - a greenhouse gas - into ethanol, which can be used to store energy or to directly produce mechanical work...10/17

'M*A*S*H' star Alan Alda coming to ORNL, UT

(Oak Ridger) ...According to a UT news release, Alda's appearance at UT occurs in conjunction with a visit to Oak Ridge National Laboratory, which is hosting Alda and the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science for workshops at the lab....10/19


Science and Technology

Better, stronger: Polymer breakthrough to improve things we use everyday

(PhysOrg) Medicine, mobile phones, computers and clothes could all be enhanced using the process for making paint, according to research by the University of Warwick...10/18

Energy and Science Policy

What OPEC’s Oil U-Turn Missed: Peak Demand Keeps Getting Closer

(Bloomberg) OPEC’s decision last month to reverse its policy of unfettered production and cut oil output to boost prices may be at odds with the industry’s most important long-term trend: demand for what they produce could start falling within 15 years...10/16


Statement of Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz on Montreal Protocol Agreement to Cut Use of HFCs

(Energy.gov) Following several days of negotiations between the United States and nearly 200 nations in Kigali, Rwanda, an agreement was reached to amend the Montreal Protocol to phase down the production and use of potent heat-trapping chemicals known as hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs)...10/17

Ames Laboratory scientists gain insight on mechanism of unconventional superconductivity

(Innovations Report) Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory and partner institutions conducted a systematic investigation into the properties of the newest family of unconventional superconducting materials, iron-based compounds. The study may help the scientific community discover new superconducting materials with unique properties...10/19

The Elements of Being a Chemist

(The Atlantic) Nicholas Anderson is an early-career chemist working on solutions for renewable energy in Denver, Colorado. He has worked as a researcher for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory for two years...10/7

Local and State

TVA’s Watts Bar Unit 2 Achieves Commercial Operation

(TVA.gov) The nation’s first new nuclear generation in 20 years has officially entered commercial operation after the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Watts Bar Unit 2 successfully completed an extensive series of power ascension tests and reliably operated at full power for more than three weeks...10/19