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Wednesday, June 19

Carbon Materials Processing and Development:
From LED lighting to the Large Hadron Collider to the Moon

James Klett, Materials Science and Technology Division, ORNL
Materials and Chemistry Seminar Series
10:00 AM — 11:00 AM, Building 4500-N, Weinberg Auditorium
Contact: Adrian Sabau (, 865.241.5154


Dr. Klett graduated with his Ph. D. in December 1994, and then joined the staff at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, where he is currently a Senior Research Staff Member. During this time he has studied carbon in its various forms and applications, from biomedical implants to aerospace heat shields to nuclear reactor materials. One focus of his research has been the development of a low-cost method for the fabrication of carbon/carbon composites, which has been patented and licensed to a major brake manufacturer. The discovery of a process to produce high thermal conductivity graphite foam has led to his research focusing on thermal management materials in applications from personal computers to automobiles to military platforms. James developed a flexible heat pipe used for cooling soldiers and has field tested more than 200 units in IRAQ. James has worked with several companies with the graphite foam to commercialize several applications ranging from satellite radiators (3 currently orbiting Earth and 2 orbiting the moon) to fuel burners for home heating and cookware. Currently, he holds 27 US patents on carbon materials, and more than 35 foreign patents.