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  • Materials - Less costly carbon fiber - June 03, 2014 - A newly patented system that uses microwave energy could greatly reduce the cost of producing carbon fiber from polymer precursors while cutting the amount of effluent gases. The technology, invented by a team that includes Felix Paulauskas of Oak Ridge National Laboratory, consists of an elongated atmosphere-controlled chamber in which the material undergoes complete carbonization.

 

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  • Athena Safa-Sefat - Superconductors - published on Apr 21, 2014 - Athena Safa Sefat explains how scientists are improving the superconductivity of materials and eliminating wasted energy.

  • Valentino Cooper - Complex Materials - published on Apr 17, 2014 - Valentino Cooper uses some of the world's most powerful computing to understand how materials work at subatomic levels, studying breakthroughs such as piezoelectrics, which convert mechanical stress to electrical energy.
  • Science Saturday Resources - Jan. 18, 2014 - High Temp Superconductors: Wanna Levitate? - Team: Amit Goyal, Thomas Maier, and Athena Safa-Sefat, Michael Coffey, Gene Ice. Master Teacher: Frank Wood, Oak Ridge High School

 

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ORNL Awards Night 2009

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY -

Early Career Award for Engineering Accomplishment

  • Winner: Claus Daniel
  • Citation: For catalyzing, through technical insights, strategic vision, and team building, research at ORNL in energy storage and for laying the groundwork for substantial funding increases by articulating specialized
    and unique battery research and development.  

Scientific Research

  • Winners: David G. Mandrus, Andrew D. Christianson*, Olivier A. Delaire*, Mao-Hua Du, Mark D. Lumsden*, Michael A. McGuire, Stephen E. Nagler*, Brian C. Sales, Athena Safa-Sefat, David J. Singh
    *Neutron Scattering Science Division

  • Citation: For moving quickly, comprehensively, and expertly to study the properties of a new family of high-temperature superconductors (layered FeAs) and, in so doing, establishing a clear world leadership position for ORNL


 Distinguished Engineer

  • Winner: Gerard M. Ludtka
  • Citation: For visionary and pioneering work demonstrating thermomagnetic processing as a new and enabling synthesis, catalysis, and processing approach to customize microstructure and properties at the atomistic- through- macroscopic scales

 

LABORATORY OPERATIONS -

Secretarial Support

  • Winner: Ann R. Strange
  • Citation: For expert contributions to the preparation of a successful $19 million BES proposal, for organizing five international meetings, and for exemplary support of the nation's largest BES-supported materials theory program.