ORNL in the News

A greener way to get lithium?

(C&EN) ...Sorbents are a promising alternative for collecting lithium from sources where it is less abundant, like brines....Meanwhile, Parans Paranthaman of Oak Ridge National Laboratory and his colleagues, as part of the U.S. Department of Energy-funded Critical Materials Institute, have refined the sorbent with Simbol’s former chief technology officer, Stephen Harrison, to improve its capacity and selectivity for lithium...12/6

NREL Researchers Optimize Microbial Pathway To Biobased Fuels And Chemicals

(The National Law Review) On November 29, 2017, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced that a collaboration between the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) resulted in the successful modification of a microorganism to produce a versatile fermentation intermediate that can be upgraded into valuable biobased fuels and chemicals...12/8

Use of Rhodium-Based Catalysts to Directly Convert Methane into Usable Fuels

(AZO Cleantech) As part of an innovative research, scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory, Tufts University, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory collaborated to investigate the ability of rhodium-based catalysts to achieve this transformation under less severe conditions...12/8

Thomas Zacharia and David MilhornMuddy Boot expands honors

(Oak Ridger) Oak Ridge National Laboratory Director Thomas Zacharia presents a Muddy Boot Award to Dr. David Millhorn, senior vice president of the University of Tennessee and a leader in the revitalization of both the university system and ORNL...12/8

Science and Technology

ExcitoniumPhysics Breakthrough: New Form of Matter, Excitonium, Finally Proved to Exist After 50-Year Search

(Newsweek) After 50 years of theories and thwarted attempts, scientists have finally proved the existence of a new form of matter. The never-before-detected condensate is called excitonium, a name first coined in the 1960s by Harvard theoretical physicist Bert Halperin...12/9


Energy and Science Policy

NOAA Nominee Barry Myers Embraces Science at Confirmation Hearing

(AIP) Barry Myers, the nominee to head the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, went to great lengths at his confirmation hearing to assure senators he would respect and defend NOAA science as well as avoid any potential conflicts of interest arising from his connections to a weather company he co-founded...12/7



Secretary of Energy Rick Perry Announces $30 Million Investment in Advanced Nuclear Technology

(Energy.gov) Today, U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry released a funding opportunity announcement (FOA) to support development of advanced nuclear energy technology. The Department of Energy (DOE) is soliciting proposals for cost-shared projects to develop innovative, industry-driven reactor designs and accompanying technologies with high potential to advance nuclear power in the United States...12/8

U.S., Saudis to team up on carbon capture effort

(Houston Chronicle) Energy Secretary Rick Perry has signed a deal with the Saudi Arabian government to allow its Ministry of Energy to collaborate with the U.S. Department of Energy on technologies designed to reduce the carbon dioxide output of fossil fuels...12/8

Local and State

City proposes alternative electrical project

(The Oak Ridger) “Due to significant public interest in the U.S. Department of Energy’s NNSA project to establish a new 161kV electrical power line on top of Pine Ridge, (the ridge that separates the Y-12 National Security Complex from the city center and adjacent neighborhoods, city of Oak Ridge officials have responded with an option to consider that minimizes the impact of the project,” a Monday morning release from the city stated...12/7

Officials to Break Ground on New Tennessee State Library

(U.S. News & World Report) State officials are planning a groundbreaking ceremony for the new state Library and Archives building. According to a news release from the Tennessee secretary of state, the event will take place Monday afternoon at the future site of the facility in Nashville. Among the officials expected to attend are Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett, Gov. Bill Haslam, Senate Speaker Randy McNally, House Speaker Beth Harwell and Tennessee State Librarian and Archivist Chuck Sherrill. ...12/11