ORNL in the News

Miaofang Chi named ORNL's Scientist of the Year

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Miaofang Chi of Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences was honored tonight as Scientist of the Year at the lab’s annual awards banquet...11/20

ORNL microscopy captures real-time view of evolving fuel cell catalysts

(R&D Magazine) Atomic-level imaging of catalysts by scientists at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory could help manufacturers lower the cost and improve the performance of emission-free fuel cell technologies...11/19

Fighting terrorism in the lab

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Oak Ridge National Laboratory, as implied by its name, is supposed to serve the nation and its interests, and that includes developing tools or otherwise helping out in the fight against terrorism. Not since 9/11 has that task seemed more important than it does today with global threats abounding from ISIS and other terrorist groups...11/20

ORNL, Solid Power Sign Exclusive License for Lithium-Sulfur Battery Tech

(Newswise) The Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Solid Power Inc. of Louisville, Colo., have signed an exclusive agreement licensing lithium-sulfur materials for next-generation batteries...11/20

Science and Technology

Tandem solar cells are more efficient

(PhysOrg) Empa researchers have come up with a procedure that makes it possible to produce thin film tandem solar cells in which a thin perovskite layer is used...2/23

Energy and Science Policy

Powerful new agency recommended to oversee UK science funding

(Nature) A tensely awaited report into the future of the United Kingdom's major research-funding agencies has not recommended a merger — an outcome that some scientists had feared...11/19


State playing hard ball on DOE’s proposed plans for nuke landfill in Oak Ridge

(Knoxville News Sentinel) In correspondence and meetings with the U.S. Department of Energy over the past year, the state has raised numerous issues and concerns regarding DOE’s plans for a new nuclear landfill in Oak Ridge...11/21

U.S. Department of Energy Projects Win 33 R&D 100 Awards for 2015

(Energy.gov) U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) researchers have won 33 of the 100 awards given out this year by R&D Magazine for the most outstanding technology developments with promising commercial potential...11/20

Record funding expected for DOE missions in Oak Ridge, senator says

(Knoxville News Sentinel) For this formerly secret city, these are the best of times, at least as far as the last 40 years are concerned. That’s the assessment of Tennessee’s senior U.S. Senator, Lamar Alexander, made during a whirlwind stop and brief news conference in Oak Ridge Friday afternoon...11/20

Local and State

Retired Professor is Honorary Slovenian Consul, Home is Consulate

(Tennessee Today) For Lydia Pulsipher, a retired UT geography professor, sharing her Slovenian culture is a way of life. Since 2010, Pulsipher has served as honorary consul of the Republic of Slovenia for Tennessee—and she’s opened her home to serve as the consulate...11/17